Trump says Daniels payment unrelated to campaign

President Donald Trump insists his reimbursement of a 2016 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels had nothing to do with his election campaign.

Posted: May 3, 2018 8:58 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump insists his reimbursement of a 2016 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels had nothing to do with his election campaign.

But the surprise revelation of the president's payment clashed with his past statements, created new legal headaches and stunned many in the West Wing.

White House aides were blindsided when Trump's recently added attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Wednesday that the president had repaid Michael Cohen for $130,000 that was given to Daniels to keep her quiet before the 2016 election about her allegations of a sexual encounter with Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she first learned Trump had repaid the hush money from Giuliani's interview on Fox News Channel's "Hannity."

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