President Donald Trump has reportedly privately told several people that Stormy Daniels is not the type of woman he finds attractive.
The commander-in-chief has largely kept quiet about the woman who claims she had a sexual relationship with him in 2006.
Daniels appeared on ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday night in a highly-anticipated interview with Anderson Cooper during which she claimed they had unprotected sex, that she was threatened to stay silent, and that Trump suggested that he could get her an appearance on ‘The Apprentice’.
However, Trump has stayed silent for the most part regarding the scandal. The closest he came was in a tweet on Monday decrying ‘fake news’.
‘So much Fake News,’ Trump wrote. ‘Never been more voluminous or more inaccurate. But through it all, our country is doing great!’
President Donald Trump has reportedly privately told several people that Stormy Daniels (pictured, on ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday) is not the type of woman he finds attractive
Trump has stayed silent in light of several of Daniels’s allegation including that they had unprotected sex and that she was threatened to stay silent (Pictured, Daniels on ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday)
Trump (pictured, Friday) has also allegedly called Daniels’s allegations a ‘hoax’ and has asked confidants if this scandal is hurting his poll numbers
According to The Washington Post, despite for the most part staying silent publicly, Trump has said a lot behind closed doors.
He has reportedly called Daniels’s allegations a ‘hoax’ and has asked confidants if this scandal is hurting his poll numbers.
Trump has also claimed that he doesn’t find her attractive.
This differs from the account of Daniels, who said Trump told her otherwise on the night they allegedly had sex.
‘He was like: “Wow, you – you are special. You remind me of my daughter”,’ she told Cooper.
‘You know, he was like: “You’re smart and beautiful, and a woman to be reckoned with, and I like you. I like you”.’
The president’s spokespeople have broadly denied the allegations but have not addressed specific claims.
‘The president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims,’ Raj Shah, the principal deputy White House press secretary, told reporters on Monday. ‘The only person who’s been inconsistent is the one making the claims.’
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said on Monday (pictured) that ‘the president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims’
Trump tiptoed toward a response to the scandal by sending out this tweet on Monday morning as Daniels’s attorney was doing the morning show rounds
However some say that the president staying silent is him sending a direct messagethat the extramarital affair occurred.
‘His absence of comment, to me, was a concession to a not very shocking or newsworthy conclusion, which is that he carried on extramarital affairs,’ said Lanny Davis, a former White House special counsel.
The attorney, who helped former President Bill Clinton navigate the Monica Lewinksy scandal, continued; ‘He was silent and wasn’t attacking or criticizing or contradicting her.’
The Post reported that Trump did discuss Daniels and the controversy with friends and club members at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.
‘He’s really not in a punch-back mode,’ one friend, who has discussed the matter with the president recently and spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the newspaper.
‘Everyone is telling him, look, you can’t win here, so just do nothing.’