Donald Trump paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their alleged one-night stand, according to sources close to the former president. The hush money was paid to Daniels 15 months before news of the affair broke in January 2018.
Trump was reportedly afraid that his wife, Melania, would find out about the tryst and was deeply worried about the details of his infidelity becoming public knowledge. When news of the affair and the payoff to Daniels was published in the Wall Street Journal and a celebrity magazine, Melania was said to be furious and spent several nights in a posh D.C. hotel to avoid the White House.
The revelation of Trump’s alleged affair with Daniels and the subsequent payout had a profound effect on his relationship with Melania. Sources close to the former first lady said that the news was both upsetting and humiliating for her and that her relationship with the then-president became strained as a result.
Despite the allegations, Trump denies any wrongdoing and has described the payment to Daniels as a “nuisance payment” that wealthy people sometimes make to resolve problems. He also denies having an affair with the porn star and has called the case against him politically motivated.
However, Trump is facing legal trouble on other fronts. He claims that he will be arrested on Tuesday on charges related to falsifying business records and campaign finance violations. Despite the charges, he continues to maintain his innocence and claims that the case against him is a politically motivated witch hunt.
Regardless of the outcome of these legal proceedings, the allegations of Trump’s infidelity and subsequent payout to Daniels are likely to remain a stain on his presidency and his personal life. The fallout from these revelations has been felt not only by Trump and Melania but by the entire country, as Americans continue to grapple with the legacy of one of the most controversial presidents in U.S. history.
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