President Donald Trump has reportedly expressed his frustrations with his personal lawyer and longtime friend, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
And he does it the classic Trump way: by refusing to pay him.
The Washington Post said Trump was trying to stiffen Giuliani, who has spent the past few months traveling the country and propagating savage conspiracy theories about the November election on behalf of the president.
Citing two unnamed officials, the newspaper said Trump not only refused to pay Giuliani’s legal fees, but also told his staff that all travel and other expense claims must go through him.
The Post said Trump was unhappy with Giuliani’s demand for $ 20,000 a day in fees and “privately expressed concern” over some of his attorney’s moves.
The former mayor denied last year asking for that specific amount, citing a much more unusual fee structure instead.
“I never asked for $ 20,000,” he told the New York Times in November. “The arrangement is that we’re going to get there in the end.”
The Times confirmed the Post’s latest report on Wednesday, adding that White House officials were blocking Giuliani’s calls to Trump.
Giuliani last week called for a “trial by fight” at a rally in Washington as Congress gathered to certify the election results he challenged in court on behalf of Trump, who then urged the crowd during the rally to march on the Capitol.
Soon after, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a deadly siege that disrupted the work of Congress for hours and forced lawmakers into hiding as crowds ransacked the building.
Critics of the president on Twitter took note of his growing feud with his lawyer:
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