President Trump and first lady Melania Trump won’t be together when tonight’s 60 Minutes interview with porn star Stormy Daniels airs.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said Sunday, ‘The first lady will be staying in Florida as is their tradition for spring break.’
Walters was responding to questions about the first lady’s schedule, as she wasn’t listed as flying back to Washington, D.C., with the president Sunday night on Air Force One.
First lady Melania Trump (left) will be staying in Florida for Barron Trump’s (center) spring break, as President Trump (right) flies back to Washington, D.C., this evening
President Trump (right), seen leaving Air Force One on Friday with Melania Trump (center) and Barron (left) in tow, will arrive back at the White House 40 minutes before the explosive Stormy Daniels interview is set to air
Only one preview clip has been released of the 60 Minutes interview with Stormy Daniels and in it she doesn’t speak. She’s expected to provide details of an alleged affair with President Trump that started in 2006, several months after Barron Trump was born
Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress, was paid $130,000 by President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen in exchange for signing a non-disclosure agreement just weeks before the 2016 presidential election
In the only clip made available of the interview thus far, CNN’s Anderson Cooper (right) says to porn star Stormy Daniels (left), ‘I guess I’m not 100 per cent sure why you’re doing this.’ Daniels was bound by a non-disclosure agreement to keep quiet
Trump is expected to touch down at the White House 40 minutes before the explosive interview airs.
The first couple spent the weekend at the ‘Winter White House,’ the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, after a week of sending out mixed message about the state of their marriage.
On Friday, Melania Trump took a separate motorcade to Joint Base Andrews, a day after CNN aired an interview with one of the president’s alleged mistresses, former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal.
Hours before that interview aired Thursday, the first lady had tweeted a picture of the couple, smiling and standing close to each other on the Truman Balcony, showing off the recent Washington snowfall.
‘Greetings from @WhiteHouse,’ Melania Trump wrote.
McDougal, who spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the same journalist Daniels sat down with for the 60 Minutes Q&A, said she ‘had unprotected sex’ with the then-reality TV star after they met in 2006.
The Trumps were married in January 2005.
McDougal said she developed feelings for Trump during their 10-month affair.
‘What can you say except I’m sorry?’ she said, thinking of the now-first lady. ‘I’m sorry, I wouldn’t want it done for me.’
Daniels, who, like McDougal, had been bound from speaking about her relationship with Trump due to a non-disclosure agreement, is expected to detail her alleged affair with the president, which also started in 2006 – several months after the birth of Barron Trump.
On January 12, the Wall Street Journal broke the story that President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen had paid Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in October 2016 in exchange for her signing a non-disclosure agreement to keep quiet about an alleged decade-old affair with the GOP nominee.
The president has denied having affairs with Daniels and also McDougal.
Throughout the rest of the month of January, the Trumps were seldom seen together.
They were photographed returning from Mar-a-Lago on January 15.
More details about the alleged affair came out on January 17, when In Touch Weekly published a long-buried interview conducted with Daniels.
The Trumps rode in the same motorcade after the president delivered his State of the Union address on January 31, with the first lady opting to take a separate ride to the Capitol Building, with her spokeswoman saying it was simply so she could spend more time with her guests.
In the meantime, FLOTUS had ditched plans to travel to Davos, Switzerland to be at her husband’s side when he addressed the World Economic Forum.
Instead she made a solo visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., before heading to the airport to make an unannounced trip to Mar-a-Lago, for a spa day.
In recent weeks, however, the first lady has spoken at a number of events – including one last Monday where she was the opening act for her husband, as they both spoke of the opioid epidemic while in Manchester, New Hampshire.
On Monday, the president (left) and first lady (right) held hands as they walked across the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One en route to Manchester, New Hampshire to speak about the opioid crisis
When Melania Trump (left) briefly stumbled President Trump (right) held her tight to ensure she didn’t fall. The Trump marriage is being closely watched in light of the allegations porn star Stormy Daniels is expected to make Sunday night when her 60 Minutes interview airs
While she kept a low profile throughout January, when the Stormy Daniels news first broke, first lady Melania Trump (left) has spent a lot of time in the public eye lately, including showing some public displays of affection toward President Trump (right)
En route to that trip, she walked arm-and-arm with the commander-in-chief as they boarded Marine One.
On Tuesday, the first lady said that she was well aware that people were skeptical of her tackling the issue of cyber-bullying, seeing that she’s married to someone who often tweets nasty things about his political rivals.
‘I have been criticized for my commitment to tackling this issue, and I know that will continue, but it will not stop me from doing what I know is right,’ the first lady said.
After the McDougal interview aired, Melania Trump continued going about her business as first lady, speaking at the International Women of Courage awards ceremony, and hosting kid chefs at the White House.
She, again, took a separate motorcade to leave town, but joined the president on board Air Force One and was photographed arriving at Mar-a-Lago beside him and 12-year-old Barron, who just celebrated a birthday this week.
Now she’ll remain with Barron in Florida for spring break as the president returns to Washington, D.C., and will have to deal with the fall-out from the Daniels’ interview.
60 Minutes has kept the contents close to its chest, as the only pre-released video features interviewer Anderson Cooper telling Daniels, ‘I guess I’m not 100 per cent sure why you’re doing this.’
In the clip, she doesn’t speak.
On Sunday, some of the president’s allies were already pushing back on the interview, with Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy charging that Daniels’ telegenic lawyer Michael Avenatti had worked for Democratic candidates and thus the whole thing was a political stunt.
‘This is politically motivated to hurt and embarrass [Trump] in some way,’ Ruddy said on ABC’s This Week. ‘And, you know what, at the end of the day the poll numbers for the president are up.’
Trump’s approval rating is now sitting in the mid-40s.
‘So I think the American people are really dismissing this as political witch hunts,’ Ruddy said.