The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump “does not” believe Stormy Daniels was threatened after she first spoke out about their alleged affair.
“There is nothing to corroborate her claim,“ White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.
Daniels, the adult film actress whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, said in an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday that she was physically threatened after speaking about her alleged sexual relationship with Trump to inTouch magazine in 2011. She said that after the magazine interview, a man approached her in a parking lot and told her to “leave Trump alone. Forget the story.”
“‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom,’” Daniels, in her “60 Minutes” interviewed, recalled the man saying.
Daniels is suing over a nondisclosure agreement she signed just weeks before the 2016 election, in which Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen paid $130,000 to secure her silence. Daniels has since said the agreement is not binding because Trump never signed it. She has offered to return the money.
Shah also accused Daniels of being “inconsistent” in her account of an affair with Trump.
“With respect to that interview, I will say the president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims,” Shah said. “The only person who has been inconsistent is the one making the claims.”
When asked why Daniels was compensated to stay quiet, Shah said “false charges are settled out of court all the time.”
“This is nothing outside the ordinary,” he said. “False charges are settled out of court all the time. You have to ask Michael Cohen about the specifics.”