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Giuliani: Trump is watching the returns from his apartment, drinking Diet Coke
Donald Trump speaks with former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as he visits Gettysburg National Military Park, site of an important battle in July 1863 during the U.S. Civil war, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s friend and adviser, said in an interview early Tuesday evening that he had just left a small gathering with the Republican nominee at Trump Tower. Trump, he said, was in his apartment “watching everything even though I’m telling him not to.”

Giuliani said Trump was drinking Diet Coke as he eyed the television and the initial returns out of several states. At 6 p.m., Trump had not yet eaten dinner.

“He’s calm. We’re all cautiously optimistic,” Giuliani said when asked to describe the mood at Trump’s home. “We think it’s going to be very, very close. We know there is a populism across the country that’s powerful and he has been lifted by it.”

On George W. Bush and others not voting for Trump, Giuliani said he and others close to Trump shrugged off the reports today. “It doesn’t hurt at this point. Everybody knew that’s where they were.”

The former New York City mayor said he left to do a television hit. “The last thing I said was, ‘Don’t pay attention until the results are in.’ I’ve learned a few things over the years.”

When asked about what food was being served, Giuliani said it would be American fare and appetizers for now. No platters of Italian food, which is Giuliani’s favorite.

“He always sticks with the hamburgers anyway,” Giuliani said with a chuckle.

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