"I think this thing will burn out", the senior White House official observed, calling Giuliani's public representation of the President a "little charade".
According to the Associated Press, the president "is growing increasingly irritated" with Giuliani's "frequently off-message media blitz".
Speaking to ABC's This Week, Giuliani was asked if Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen had made other payments of the kind to Daniels, who has claimed to have had an affair with Trump in 2006. The two speak nearly every day and Giuliani touted himself as a capable attorney for the job: "If I'm not up to it, I don't know who is", Giuliani said to Politico. He said: "I have no knowledge of that but I.I would think if it was necessary, yes". Following the Federal Bureau of Investigation seizure of Cohen's files, the whole truth of the Daniels payment - and any others - was likely to come out anyway.
Trump also expressed annoyance that Giuliani's theatrics have breathed new life into the Daniels story.
He also managed to voice a confident-sounding, if wholly fictitious, rationale for Trump to stonewall special counsel Robert Mueller. Daniels says she had an affair with the president in 2006, something the White House has denied.
Giuliani released a statement Friday saying there was "no campaign violation" because the payment was not made for a campaign objective but to protect Trump's family.
"It has his people much more excited now than before", Giuliani, now working as Trump's personal attorney, told Politico.