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Trump lawyer Giuliani tries to explain what he meant by 'truth isn't truth'

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Lawyer of the US president Rudy Giuliani.

[WASHINGTON] President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Monday sought to clarify his head-scratching assertion over the weekend that "truth isn't truth," writing in a morning tweet that he was referring to instances where two people make contradictory statements.

"My statement was not meant as a pontification on moral theology but one referring to the situation where two people make precisely contradictory statements, the classic 'he said she said' puzzle," Mr Giuliani said. "Sometimes further inquiry can reveal the truth other times it doesn't."

Mr Giuliani's attempt at clarification was prompted by an appearance Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," during which he and host Chuck Todd discussed the circumstances under which Mr Trump would submit to an interview by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mr Giuliani continued to argue that Mr Mueller is trying to trap Trump into committing perjury as part of an investigation into whether the president has obstructed the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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"When you tell me that [Trump] should testify because he's going to tell the truth and he shouldn't worry, that's so silly - because it's somebody's version of the truth. Not the truth," Mr Giuliani said.

Todd responded, "Truth is truth."

"No, it isn't truth. Truth isn't truth," Mr Giuliani said.

The exchange was heavily featured on Monday morning news shows, with pundits comparing Mr Giuliani's assertion with White House adviser Kellyanne Conway saying earlier during Trump's tenure that then-press secretary Sean Spicer had presented "alternative facts."

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