On Thursday morning, Trump acknowledged the payment (after previously denying it) and tweeted that a non-disclosure agreement was “used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair.”
This comes after Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, appeared on Fox News’ Hannity on Wednesday, saying the money to repay the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had been “funneled … through the law firm and the president repaid it.”
However, Trump and the White House have previously denied knowing about the payment.
Last month, when Trump was aboard Air Force One he was asked whether he knew about the payment Cohen made to Daniels. Trump said flatly: “No.” Trump also said he didn’t know why Cohen had made the payment or where he got the money.
Trump did not elaborate on who the two parties were.
He then said: “These are very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Cliffod (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair…despite already have signed a detailed letter admitting there was no affair.”
Trump then reiterated that: “Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.”
Later Thursday, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump “eventually learned” that Cohen was reimbursed for the $130,000 hush payment to Daniels in the days before the 2016 election.
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