Over the weekend, Giuliani told Newsmax that Trump had authorized him to share the details of a meeting with Putin where Ukraine came up in the conversation.
â€œ[Trump] says, â€˜Vladimir, you shouldnâ€™t, like, attack Ukraine. I never liked those big, what are those things you got in Moscow, those big bubbles? Those big gold bubbles, I never liked those things so Iâ€™m gonna have to blow them up,â€™â€ Giuliani said.
He was presumably referring to the Cathedral of the Annunciation, which is in the Kremlin and has gold onion domes.
â€œSo Putin says, â€˜Theyâ€™re churches,â€™â€ Giuliani recounted. â€[Trump] said, â€˜Oh, Vladimir, donâ€™t tell me that about churches, câ€™mon. Churches? You can fool Bush, you canâ€™t fool me. You care about churches?â€™â€
Giuliani also defended Trumpâ€™s praise of Putin as a â€œsmart.â€
â€œThatâ€™s why heâ€™s a genius,â€ Giuliani said. â€œOf course he says heâ€™s smart: â€˜Hey Vladimir, youâ€™re really, really smart.â€™â€