Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) tore into MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday for suggesting that he was “losing it” and “drinking too much.”
“I’m a lot more aware and intelligent than Joe has ever been and a lot more accomplished,” Giuliani said in an interview with Politico. “Joe hasn’t been knighted by the Queen of England. He hasn’t run a U.S. attorney’s office, much less a city that he turned around or went through 9/11.”
Scarborough suggested during a segment of “Morning Joe” on Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcConnell trolls Blankenship on Twitter: ‘Thanks for playing, Don’ Pittenger loses GOP primary fight Blankenship concedes GOP Senate primary in W. Va. MORE was initially concerned by Giuliani’s drinking habits.
“Everybody around Donald Trump said he was drinking too much — Donald Trump suggested as much — that was two years ago,” Scarborough, a frequent critic of Trump and his administration, said.
Giuliani told Politico that he was a social drinker who doesn’t have alcohol early in the day.
“I’m not drinking for lunch,” he said. “I may have a drink for dinner. I like to drink with cigars.”
The outlet noted that Giuliani has a series of favorite hangout spots in his hometown of New York and now in Washington, D.C. He has reportedly been spotted at Shelly’s Back Room cigar bar, just two blocks from the White House.
Any insinuation that he had been drinking before conducting any television interviews is “extremely insulting,” Giuliani said.
“There’s no proof of any kind that I take too much alcohol. That’s ridiculous,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani joined Trump’s legal team last month to represent him through the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Since coming on board, Giuliani has made a series of notable television appearances, including making the bombshell admission last week that Trump repaid his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure agreement related to an affair Daniels says she had with Trump in 2006.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Trump is growing frustrated with Giuliani’s public appearances and may block him from conducting any more live interviews.
Giuliani pushed back on that report claiming, “The president is encouraging me to do more” appearances and saying he would “try to keep them under control.”