Giuliani Walks Back Prediction on North Korea Release of Americans: ‘The Less Said About It, The Better’
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President Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani veered into international politics on Saturday and then quickly walked it back.
During a speech at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention, Giuliani — who is not part of Trump’s international policy team — indicated that the release of Americans held by North Korea will likely take place in the coming days.
“There is a good chance that the three long-time hostages in North Korea will be released over the next several days,” Giuliani said, adding, “I pray that that happens.”
His convention statement was, itself, a clarification from earlier remarks Trump’s personal lawyer made on Fox and Friends on Thursday when he said this seemingly implying inside information: “We got Kim Jong Un impressed enough to be releasing three prisoners today.”
However, shortly after his most recent remarks, it seems Giuliani thought better of making such bold predictions, perhaps in light of the mess he created with his Stormy Daniels payment comments and subsequent corrections.
“I don’t know the status” of the hostages Giuliani said in a post-convention speech presser when asked if he had spoken to the president about the matter.
“I’m not privy to that…I’m reading the newspapers just like you,” Giuliani stressed.
He added: “I think the less said about it right now, the better.”
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