Trump's allies falter in the face of a campaign crisis: Giuliani struggles to defend GOP candidate on morning shows while his campaign manager cancels her appearances
- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the chief surrogate for Donald Trump's campaign today on the Sunday shows
- Originally, Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway was due to appear, but the campaign pulled her last night
- Hosts, including Fox's Chris Wallace and NBC's Chuck Todd, asked Giuliani if that indicated that she wouldn't be defending Donald Trump's comments
- On Friday, a video was released that showed Donald Trump using extraordinarily crass language about women he was trying to seduce
Donald Trump's closest allies struggled to defend him or simply didn't show up to lend their support as the fallout from his lewd hot mic comments continued.
Rudy Giuliani was stumped during appearances on Fox News , CNN and NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday morning.
He was standing in for the GOP nominee's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who cancelled her on-air interviews at the last minute, just hours before the crucial second presidential debate.
When the former New York Mayor was confronted by Meet The Press host Chuck Todd, he tried to divert away from the 'grab her by the p****' remarks from 2005 that resurfaced on Friday.
In a bid to try and talk about Hillary's relationship with Wall Street Bankers instead, he told Todd: 'He's not, one thing he's not is what came across in WikiLeaks, and that is two people.
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the face of the Trump campaign on Sunday, even though campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was supposed to be on TV
'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace (left) asked Rudy Giuliani (right) if he was appearing because Kellyanne Conway refused to defend Donald Trump's comments about women
'Hillary Clinton actually specifically described that she's two different people, to the financial people who were giving her millions of dollars, she's on their side and she wants to be a big part of the government.
'But she tells them she has to pretend to everybody else that she isn't.'
Todd then asked: ''If you believe that Hillary Clinton says one thing in private and that means what she really is is what she is in private, should we assume what Donald Trump did in that Access Hollywood buzz is really what Donald Trump is like in private? I mean, that's what you're implying here with Hillary Clinton.'
Giuliani appeared to be stumped by the question, and stumbled before trying to move on.
When the former New York Mayor was confronted by Meet The Press host Chuck Todd, he tried to divert away from the 'grab her by the p****' remarks from 2005 that resurfaced, but he ended up stumbling in his responses
Kellyanne Conway reappeared on Twitter Sunday afternoon, posting a photograph of herself with The Donald in his motorcade and taken by Melania Trump
Earlier on Sunday morning, Giuliani suggested 'scheduling' was to blame, when asked by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace why the New York City Mayor was appearing on the broadcaster's show and not Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
'Last night the campaign pulled her and said you were to be our guest,' Wallace noted at the beginning of his program today. 'We're always happy to have you, but I have to ask you, was Kellyanne Conway unwilling to defend his comments about women?'
Giuliani said that neither Conway, nor himself – or even Trump – would defend remarks that Trump made in 2005, when he was discussing trying to seduce a married woman, among other tawdry topics, in an extremely lewd hot mic-ed conversation with television host Billy Bush.
'Is Kellyanne still a very strong supporter of Donald Trump and does she believe he'd make a better president than Hillary Clinton? Absolutely yes,' Giuliani testified. 'So I think this is a question of scheduling.'
Trump's entire political career has been put on the line since Friday when the Washington Post – and then every major news outlet – covered the 11-year-old video in which Trump uses extremely crass language about women and suggests his 'star' allows him to 'grab them by the p***y.'
Booked to appear on 'Meet the Press' with Chuck Todd as well, the NBC News host also asked Giuliani about Conway's disappearance.
'Are you the only one in the campaign that was willing to publicly defend him?' Todd asked the ex-mayor, noting that both Conway, and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus were no longer doing the Sunday shows.
'No, absolutely not. I was with Kellyanne all day yesterday, she could just as easily have been on as me,' Giuliani said.
'So I'm the one who was selected for the show, but even one of the two of them would probably say pretty much the same thing I'm saying. I was with him all day yesterday, Giuliani said.
Later, Conway tweeted a photo of herself with the candidate in his motorcade as he headed to St. Louis for tonight's debate, noting that Melania Trump took the photo.
Todd also wanted to know if there was any way that Trump might pull out of tonight's debate in St. Louis against his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
'Oh, no, no, no. He's showing up,' Giuliani replied. 'He's as prepared as he's ever been and he's all ready for the debates. And he obviously feels very bad about what he said, he's apologized for it. He'd probably do it again.'
'What he'd like to do is move onto the issues that are facing the American people. They only have a few more days to kind of think about it,' Giuliani continued.
On 'Fox News Sunday' Giuliani said he wasn't going to 'defend his comments,' but he did talk about how the banter 'doesn't reflect the man that I know.'
'I've had many conversations with him. I've never had a conversation like that with him,' Giuliani testified.
'I know a man who is a wonderful father, who has brought up remarkable children, including two wonderful daughters, three grand-daughters,' he continued. 'In my time with him, he has always dealt with women with great respect. And he's been a gentleman.'
'The reality is that he's gone through something that is transformational in a person's life,' Giuliani concluded. 'A presidential campaign.'
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