Even as US President Donald Trump has been accused of lying over his paying hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels with whom he had an alleged sexual affair in 2006, the former on Friday, May 4, rubbished the controversy saying all the noise over the incident was "crap" and also denied changing his version of the episode.
Trump had initially said that he had no knowledge of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen paying $130,000 to Daniels to make her silent over the alleged affair ahead of the 2016 US presidential election.
It was after Rudolph Giuliani, the veteran lawyer who joined his legal team to defend the president against the investigation into the alleged collusion between his campaign and Russia who was accused of meddling in the 2016 election, conceded during an interview that Trump had indeed repaid the money to Cohen for Daniels that the president admitted the same.
However, both Giuliani and Trump maintained that the payment had no links with the latter's election campaign and hence did not violate any law.
But Giuliani's revelations clearly nullified Trump's charge of "false and extortionist accusations" brought against him.
Trump also spoke out his mind on Giuliani on Friday saying the 73-year-old former mayor of New York City had just joined the team and needed to get "his facts straight". He told the media while leaving Washington for Dallas that he did not change any story.
Trump also mentioned about "witch hunts" saying people wanted to talk about them and hence raised such "crap" even when the United States was running "so smooth" as a nation.
Though Trump and Giuliani defended the payment episode, critics said it violated the campaign finance laws as it was an undeclared contribution made at averting negative publicity for the candidate.