In November 2016, when then-President-elect Trump was assembling his cabinet, we noted Mika Brzezinski trying to derail President Trump's possible pick of Rudy Giuliani as Secretary of State by hinting that Rudy had been "drinking a lot" during a meeting with Trump.
Mika was back at her not-so-subtle intimations about Rudy's imbibing on today's Morning Joe. Commenting on what could be seen as criticisms of the President that Giuliani had made in an interview with The Atlantic, Mika twice wondered out loud about "what time" Giuliani had made his comments. As an explanation of Rudy's candid tone, Mika twice suggested that they had come "late in the day."
If Mika thinks Rudy drinks too much, why not come out and say it, instead of dropping nasty little hints?
WILLIE GEIST: Back in July, President Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, promised there would be a counter-report to Robert Mueller's findings when it came out. But now, a half-dozen current and former White House officials are telling The Atlantic the administration has no plan in place for responding to the Special Counsel's findings. Speaking to The Atlantic, Giuliani said it's been difficult in the past few months even to consider drafting response plans or to devote time to the counter-report he claimed they were working on this summer, as he and Trump confronted Mueller's written questions about the 2016 campaign. Giuliani saying, quote, "answering those questions was a nightmare. It took Trump about three weeks to do what would normally take two days."
JOE SCARBOROUGH [laughing]: That's just -- you don't want your lawyer saying that.
WILLIE: No, you don't want that.
MIKA: That's sort of --
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WILLIE: And while the White House might not be ready, Giuliani says that will not stop President Trump from tweeting about it, of course.
WILLIE: Giuliani told The Atlantic that letting Trump guide the response to the Mueller report may not be ideal, but added, "I don't think there's anyone in the world that can stop Donald Trump from tweeting. I've tried," he says.
JOE: A lot of CYA.
MIKA: What time did he write that? What time did he craft that statement?
JOE: I don't know.
MIKA: Was it late in the day?
JOE: Isn't that fascinating, that you could actually look at about four or five different parts of that statement, and you would see Rudy Giuliani distancing himself from Donald Trump.
MIKA: Or, it was just late in the day.