White House aide Mercedes Schlapp was put on the spot Saturday morning and forced to defend President Donald Trump’s attack on the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman while being pressed to explain why Trump is wading into his personal attorney’s legal quagmire.
Reacting to Trump’s tweets that accused the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman of using “non-existent ‘sources and a drunk/drugged up loser” to undermine his relationship with Michael Cohen, Fox host Ed Henry confronted Schlapp after reading the tweets on-air.
“I ask you, as a White House official, why would the president now engage in an ongoing legal matter when Michael Cohen’s office and home have just been raided?” Henry asked. “Why would he engage?”
“Well President Trump is a fighter. And you’re gonna know his opinion,” Schlapp protested. “And when it comes to Michael Cohen, he’s known Michael Cohen for a long time.”
“He doesn’t like that,” she began before switching gears. “Obviously you’re seeing so much of this expansion going on with these raids and these situations. And so I think for the president, you know, he’s going to talk about what he thinks and his opinion about that.”
Henry didn’t let it drop.
“But does it make legal sense to get involved in this case?” Henry pushed.
“Look, I’m not a — I’m not a lawyer, you’re going to have to ask his legal team,” a defensive Schlapp replied. “Look I think we all have spent time with the president, he’s going to state his opinion on these matters.”
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