MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has been dropping hints why Rudy Giuliani was passed over for a role in the Trump administration, but he finally revealed the president's concerns.
The "Morning Joe" host has been saying that President Donald Trump privately expressed concerns that Giuliani had "lost it," and fell asleep in meetings, but he told viewers the real reason Tuesday with co-host Mika Brzezinski's prodding.
"He was drinking too much," Scarborough said.
The president apparently overcame his initial concerns about the former New York City mayor and asked him to join his legal team against the special probe, but Trump is reportedly already tired of Giuliani's antics on TV.
"It's interesting that Donald Trump went out, as he was leaving the White House a few days ago, and said, 'Rudy needs to get his story straight,'" Scarborough said. "'He just came on and he needs to get his story straight.' Well, Rudy got his story straight and he went out and said, 'Hey, yeah, there are probably more women, we could expect more women -- that could happen, yeah. More women may come forward in the future.' So now Donald Trump is upset about that, and reports, again, may be the latest version of the 'Mooch' -- he may be on his way out."
MSNBC's Mike Barnicle wondered whether Giuliani's bizarre TV appearances, which seemingly blew apart Trump's legal strategy, were intended as a distraction.
"The more this continues, the presidency as theater, you have to ask the question -- are we being played by Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani?" Barnicle said. "Because every day Giuliani says something that is so odd and so at odds with we know it, that you wonder, are they just continuing this thing to keep us preoccupied with things that are going on in public, Giuliani talking about Donald Trump."
Scarborough dismissed that possibility, and then dropped his bombshell.
"Mike, I wish they were that smart -- they're not that smart," Scarborough said. "Donald Trump said during the transition that Rudy Giuliani was losing it, that he was a couple of steps behind."
Brzezinski reminded her co-host and fiancé that Trump's associates had raised other concerns during private conversations during the transition period.
"That he was falling asleep five minutes into meetings," Scarborough added. "I can mention this: Everybody around Donald Trump said he was drinking too much -- Donald Trump suggested as much -- that was two years ago. And the fact that Donald Trump brought this guy in two years later despite his own reservations about him, almost two years ago, that's not any, it's not 3-D chess. That's not even checkers, that's a monkey throwing poo against the wall, and it doesn't usually turn out well."