Fox News host Laura Ingraham said former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) contradicted President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE’s claims that he didn’t know about his personal attorney Michael Cohen's payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, calling the conflicting statements “a problem.”
Giuliani, who joined Trump's legal team last month, told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Wednesday that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment made to Daniels to stay quiet about their alleged affair.
But Ingraham, on her Fox News show immediately following the interview on Hannity, played a clip of Trump telling reporters last month that he didn’t know about the payment.
“Did Trump pay it after April 6?” Ingraham asked, the day Trump denied knowing about the payment. “The left is jumping all over that tonight, saying, ‘What the heck? He did know, he didn’t know? Rudy's on TV?’ What’s going on here?”
“You have the president on tape on Air Force One saying he did not know about the payment, and you’ll have to ask Michael Cohen about that,” Ingraham said. “Rudy just goes on with Hannity and says ‘Oh no, he reimbursed them.'”
"I love Rudy, but they better have an explanation for that,” she added. “That's a problem."
Giuliani said during the interview that the payment didn't violate campaign finance laws.
Trump had said during a "Fox & Friends" interview last month that Cohen had represented him in dealings with Daniels, but that he didn't know about the payment.
Cohen has said that the money for the payment came out of his own pocket.
Daniels is suing Trump over the nondisclosure agreement that she signed in exchange for the payment, claiming that it's void because Trump didn't sign the document.
She is also suing Cohen for defamation for suggesting that she lied about her alleged affair with the president. Cohen is asserting his Fifth Amendment rights in the lawsuit.
FBI agents raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room last month, and federal prosecutors revealed that he is under criminal investigation.
Daniels filed an additional lawsuit against Trump for defamation last week over a tweet he made referring to a sketch of a man she claims threatened her for speaking about the alleged affair as a "con job."