Donald Trump is said to be spending the final days of his term increasingly isolated (Picture: Getty/Reuters)
Trump, who was impeached for the second time on Wednesday, has privately expressed concern over some of Giuliani’s moves in challenging the election result and did not appreciate a bill of $20,000 a day for the failed bid, two officials told the Washington Post.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the officials said that Trump has demanded to personally approve any reimbursements for the expenses Giuliani incurred as he travelled across key states peddling baseless allegations of voter fraud.
The former New York Mayor denied seeking $20,000 a day in November, telling the New York Times: ‘The arrangement is we’ll work it out at the end.’
It is not clear what financial agreement was made between the pair, whose relationship is said to be fracturing as Trump’s inner circle shrinks in the final days of his presidency.
The outgoing Republican is said to be increasingly isolated, sullen and vengeful and is lashing out at once-trusted aides.
He is reportedly angry that allies did not mount a stronger defence following the Capitol Hill riots and was also upset that virtually no one defended him as he became the first ever president to be impeached twice.
‘The president is pretty wound up,’ one senior administration official told the Post. ‘No one is out there’.
According to CNN senior Washington correspondent Pamela Brown, those closest to Trump say he is in ‘self-pity mode’.
‘The president for his part believes — is upset that no one is defending him,’ she said on-air.
‘Even those who have defended the president fiercely all these years are saying privately that no one else got him here but himself, the reason why he was impeached twice was his fault and no one else’s.’
Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer Trump, has been one of his most trusted allies (Picture: Getty)
At least 17 Republican senators will need to break ranks to convict Donald Trump at his impeachment trial, which is not expected to go ahead until January 19th at the earliest – Trump’s last day of term.
According to the Post, Trump told advisors he does not believe he will be removed from office before the end of his presidency, and is more worried about his life post-Oval Office as several major firms move to cut ties with him.
In the aftermath of the riots Trump was banned from Twitter and other social media platforms, the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America cancelled a tournament at one of Trump’s properties, and Deutsche Bank announced it would no longer finance his developments.
Trump has been accused of inciting the deadly riot at the Capitol building, which led to five people being killed.
Five people were killed after Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill (Picture: AFP )
Donald Trump is the first president in history to be impeached twice (Picture: AP)
The lower house of the US Congress, the House of Representatives, moved to impeach him on Wednesday morning after passing the 218 voting majority needed to do so. Ten Representatives from Trump’s own Republican party voted to impeach him, with a total of 232 voting for impeachment, and 197 voting against.
The day of fiery debates saw Democrats claim the president had blood on his hands, while many Republicans called for a line to be drawn under the entire affair when Joe Biden becomes president on January 20.
Trump issued a statement on Wednesday urging ‘NO violence, NO lawbreaking’ and ‘NO vandalism’ in the wake of the impeachment vote.
The comments, shared by his aides on Wednesday afternoon, said: ‘That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers. Thank you.’
If Trump is convicted at the senate trial, he would be banned from running for president again.
He would also lose perks afforded to ex-presidents including a travel allowance, as well as Secret Service protection.
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