Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that President Donald Trump did not know about his lawyer’s $130,000 payment to adult film star Stephanie Clifford at the time it was made.
Trump told reporters in April that he was unaware of the payment from his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to Clifford as part of a non-disclosure agreement. That statement was called into question after his new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said a few days ago that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the payment.
Trump had also told reporters that he didn’t know where Cohen had gotten the money.
“I asked the president what he meant, and he said, ‘I didn’t know about the payment when it occurred,‘” Conway said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
She pointed to multiple tweets from Trump on Thursday, in which he acknowledged the payment but called the allegations of an affair by Clifford, known by her stage name Stormy Daniels, as “false and extortionist.”
Conway emphasized repeatedly that she could only relay what the president had told her, saying that she had “limited visibility” into the facts of the case. She also denied knowing if there were any other payments made to women during the campaign.
But she noted that Trump denies the affair and said she had “no reason to believe otherwise.”