Trump lawyer faces mockery over 'truth isn't truth' comments
Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has claimed that "truth isn't truth" as he tried to explain his concerns about the US President testifying for special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mr Giuliani suggested that Mr Trump should not testify as part of Mr Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and any possible collusion with Trump campaign officials over fears that the President could be trapped into a lie that would lead to a perjury charge.
The former New York City mayor insisted he would not be "rushed" into making his client available for something that could become a chargeable offence under the law.
"So what I have to tell you is, look, I'm not going to be rushed into having him testify so he gets trapped into perjury," Mr Giuliani told Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet The Press yesterday morning.
He dismissed the idea of Mr Trump having foreknowledge of Russia's efforts or potentially obstructing the inquiry.
"When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he's going to tell the truth and he shouldn't worry, well that's so silly because it's somebody's version of the truth. Not the truth," Mr Giuliani added.
"Truth is truth," Mr Todd responded. "No, it isn't truth," Mr Giuliani said. "Truth isn't truth. The President of the United States says: "I didn't …"
A startled Mr Todd answered: "Truth isn't truth?" to which Mr Giuliani responded: "No, no."
Mr Giuliani reiterated the President's position that he didn't discuss his former national security adviser Michael Flynn with the FBI director he ultimately fired, James Comey.
The latter, however, has said the opposite, and Mr Mueller is said to be looking into the issue for any possible obstruction of justice.
"Comey says: 'You did talk about it.' So tell me what the truth is?," Mr Giuliani asked.
Mr Todd said that the exchange would become a "bad meme" on the internet, and it did not take long for the mockery on stack up on social media.
In response to Mr Giuliani's remarks, Merriam-Webster tweeted a link to the definition of the word truth in its dictionary.
The bizarre exchange is not the first time Mr Giuliani has found himself facing ridicule for his statements on television, particularly in relation to a possible interview between the president and Mr Mueller.
In May Mr Giuliani told The Washington Post about the Mueller investigation: "They may have a different version of the truth than we do."