President Donald Trump broke his atypical silence on Stormy Daniels, the adult film star suing him, when asked directly by a reporter about the case while on Air Force One Thursday.
Here’s the video of his short comment:
Here’s what he said
“Mr. President, did you know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?” asked the reporter.
“No,” said the president.
“Then why did Michael Cohen make it,” the reporter followed up, “if there was no truth to the allegations?”
“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen,” the president responded. “Michael is my attorney, and you’ll have to ask Michael.”
“Do you know where he got the money to make that payment?” she asked.
“No I don’t know,” he answered.
Trump went on to express confidence in Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator-designate of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer responds
Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti responded to the remark from his social media account, saying, “Good (actually GREAT) things come to those who wait!!!”
Good (actually GREAT) things come to those who wait!!! The strength of our case just went up exponentially. You can't have an agreement when one party claims to know nothing about it. #nodiscipline #thanksforplaying #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) April 5, 2018
“The strength of our case just went up exponentially. You can’t have an agreement when one party claims to know nothing about it,” he added.
The comments from Trump are the first time that he has publicly spoken about the allegations from the adult film star. Cohen, his personal lawyer, admits that he paid $130,000 to Daniels to keep her silence about the affair, but says that he did it on his own. Some believe the payment might have violated campaign finance laws, which could spell trouble for the president’s lawyer, and for the president.