Scarborough Says Trump, White House Are 'Self-Destructing' Following Giuliani's Stormy Daniels Admission

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was one of many cable pundits baffled by Rudy Giuliani's Wednesday admission that President Donald Trump reimbursed his attorney for paying off adult film star Stormy Daniels. The former GOP congressman, who was once friendly with the president, speculated that Trump and his communications team are "self-destructing."

"They just can't sit down for five minutes and carve out a communications strategy," Scarborough said. "Everybody is just shooting from the hip. It's crazy."

He continued, "This is not somehow Donald Trump being a renegade [or] being on the edge. This is just self-destruction."

Rick Tyler, the former communications director for Senator Ted Cruz, agreed. It seemed as if the president and Giuliani, who is now on Trump's legal team, had planned the Hannity interview, he said.

"And the White House communications team was once again cut out of the loop," Tyler speculated.

The fracas stems from Giuliani's Wednesday evening interview with Sean Hannity, during which the former mayor of New York casually remarked that the president had reimbursed embattled private attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 in hush money he paid to Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair.

His confession even caught Hannity off guard. Conservative commentators and longtime Trump defenders were left questioning the president's honesty as Giuliani's admission contradicts earlier statements made by both the president and Cohen. Trump had long claimed ignorance in the deal, which took place weeks before the election.

On Thursday morning, the president tweeted a legal defense of the payoff and said it was payment for Cohen's standard retainer. He alleged that no campaign cash was used in the deal.

Although it might be hard for cable news fans to remember now, the president and Scarborough once shared a seemingly cordial relationship. That soon dissolved after the host began criticizing Trump's more controversial statements and positions, which culminated with Trump blasting the appearance of Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe and Scarborough's fiancé.

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Joe Scarborough said that the Trump team is self-destructing following the admission of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
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