President Donald Trump traveled to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to speak about tax policy. However, Trump also took the time to answer some questions posed to him by reporters about the Stormy Daniels controversy. As reported by Rebecca Ballhaus of the Wall Street Journal, in a pool report from Thursday, April 5, Trump claimed that he didn’t know anything about the $130,000 payment that his attorney Michael Cohen paid to Stormy.
When asked why Cohen paid Stormy $130,000, Trump told reporters, “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”
Trump also claimed that he did not know where Cohen got the $130,000 to pay Stormy.
“No, I don’t know,” Trump answered.
When it came to further details about Trump reimbursing Cohen or setting up a fund for his attorney to use, President Trump did not answer that question, according to Ballhaus.
“POTUS ignored a question on whether he ever set up a fund of money that Cohen could draw from,” Ballhaus wrote.
In her follow-up report, titled “Subject: [WHCA Print] [WHCA Pool] Out-of-town pool report #10,” Ballhaus wrote that President Trump left Air Force One at 4:52 p.m., with Marine One going “wheels up” at 4:55 p.m.
— CNN (@CNN) April 5, 2018
Trump claiming he didn’t know about the Daniels payment, as reported by CNN, was a result of the president being advised not to speak about the Stormy situation in public, but Trump broke his silence over the topic. Trump has not spoken out about Stormy nor mentioned her on Twitter, even in the wake of her popular interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes, which aired in March.
Breaking News: President Trump denied knowledge of a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels from his lawyer in 2016. It’s his first public remark on the matter.https://t.co/z1s195eGNO
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 5, 2018
Stormy’s lawyer has been very vociferous after her 60 Minutes interview, telling viewers that Stormy went so far as to explain what President Trump’s genitalia looked like, according to the New York Post. Such details were edited out of Daniels’ interview, according to her lawyer, due to CBS being a conservative network.
The report titled “Subject: In-town pool report #2” by Steven Miller of the Washington Times notes that President Trump left Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House at 5:10 p.m. and “did not respond to questions shouted at him as he walked in to White House.”