Top Donald Trump advisor and former mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, may be behind a controversial tweet directed at a NATO ally.
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, reported that Giuliani may have successfully lobbied President Trump to intervene against Turkey on behalf of American Pastor Andrew Brunson.
Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason. They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is. Hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
“This is something Giuliani and his partner, as well as another lobbyist, have pushed repeatedly for Trump to address,” Haberman tweeted Wednesday. “[Reince] Priebus repeatedly blocked it, per two people close to White House.”
“No one has this time, she added.
This is something Giuliani and his partner, as well as another lobbyist, have pushed repeatedly for Trump to address. Priebus repeatedly blocked it, per two people close to White House. No one has this time. https://t.co/kfTnqmL6Dg
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 18, 2018
Zarrab is a client of Giuliani, who was once a U.S. Attorney.
In 2017, Giuliani reportedly traveled to Turkey to meet with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on behalf of Zarrab.
This is not the only time Giuliani’s name has surfaced in connection to a scandal involving Turkey.
Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab is linked to both Giuliani and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.