President Donald Trump said Thursday he didn’t know about the $130,000 payment his personal attorney made to Stormy Daniels, issuing a firm denial in his first public comments about the adult-film actress who alleges she had an affair with him.
Asked aboard Air Force One whether he knew about the payment, Trump said flatly: “No.”
Trump also said he didn’t know why his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, had made the payment.
“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael,” he said. He added that he didn’t know where Cohen had gotten the money. Trump didn’t answer a question about whether he set up a fund that Cohen could tap.
Until now, Trump had avoided questions on Daniels, though the White House has consistently said Trump denies there was a relationship. Still, he has been dogged by the focus on the porn actress, who says she had a sexual encounter with him in 2006 and was paid to keep quiet as part of a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels is now seeking to invalidate that agreement.