First lady Melania Trump was surprised by the news that President Trump’s lawyer made a $130,000 payment to an adult film star in exchange for her silence on an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, according to a new report.
Melania Trump was reportedly livid with the president about the news of the affair, which allegedly occurred shortly after their marriage. It has encouraged her to keep a low profile, the New York Times reported on Monday.
As a result, Melania Trump did not accompany her husband to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, although she had been expected to do so. Instead, she headed to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s golf resort in Florida and claims she has been giving attention to her “role and her family,” sources told the Times.
Melania Trump’s spokesperson responded to reports last week that the Trump’s marriage was struggling by claiming the reports were “salacious” and "unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news.”
Melania Trump is expected to attend the president’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday, her first public appearance since the report emerged earlier this month.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that shortly before the 2016 election $130,000 had been issued to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who performed under the name Stormy Daniels, in exchange for her silence about a consensual sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.
Clifford and Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen have refuted the allegations that a payment was made.
Trump refuted all allegations of sexual misconduct that he encountered during the presidential campaign.