Trump chided Hannity over Giuliani interview: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions unveils ‘zero tolerance’ policy at southern border NY attorney general resigns after allegations of physical abuse Trump Jr. mocks Schneiderman after reports he abused women MORE grew frustrated with Sean Hannity after the Fox News host’s interview last week with Rudy Giuliani, The Associated Press reported.

Trump was reportedly bothered that Hannity used the word “funneled” when describing a payment Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, made to adult-film start Stormy Daniels as part of a non-disclosure agreement. 

On Hannity’s show last week, Giuliani claimed that Cohen’s $130,000 payment did not constitute a campaign finance law violation. 


“Because they funneled it through a law firm?” Hannity asked. 

“Funneled it through a law firm, and the president repaid him,” Giuliani said. 

“I didn’t know that,” Hannity responded. 

The revelation that Trump reimbursed Cohen contradicted the president’s past statement that he was unaware of the $130,000 payment or where the money for it came from.

The president has since acknowledged that he paid Cohen a monthly retainer, which he said was used to cover the cost of the payment to Daniels.

The White House has denied that the payment violated campaign finance laws.

Hannity is one of Trump’s strongest allies. He frequently defends Trump on his show, and the two reportedly speak regularly. Cohen represents both men, though Hannity disputed that characterization, saying he only sought real estate advice.