Melania Trump is reportedly filled with anxiety as Donald publicly defends his payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, leading to new rumors that divorce could be in the cards for the First Couple.
Any chance of the Stormy Daniels scandal going away appeared to be crushed this week when the president and his surrogates started to attack the issue head-on, offering what appeared to be justification for paying $130,000 in hush money to the adult film star who claims she had an affair with Trump. This comes as Hollywood Life reports that Melania Trump is “paralyzed with fear” over the Daniels affair, and speculation is mounting that he could be leaving her husband.
The report claimed that the scandal has Melania sinking into a protective shell within the White House.
“Melania feels paralyzed with anxiety by all of her husbands embarrassing actions and his latest lawsuit involving Stormy Daniels,” a source close to the couple told Hollywood Life. “Melania has to be very careful about what she says and to whom. She feels like she can’t answer any question honestly and she is always restraining herself from her true feelings. She has not been calm or relaxed since becoming first lady and the new Stormy Daniels lawsuits have only made things worse.”
And things may have gotten even worse with regard to the Stormy Daniels affair. After the raid of Trump’s lawyer-cum-fixer Michael Cohen, the president has been increasingly vocal about the payment. This week, Trump’s new legal team member Rudy Giuliani admitted that Trump did, in fact, pay Cohen back the $130,000 that the lawyer gave to Daniels in exchange to keep quiet about the affair. That contradicted the previous stance from the White House that Trump knew nothing about the payment, and came just before a report from NBC News that federal investigators have been wire-tapping Cohen and captured a phone call to the White House.
That prompted Donald Trump to take to Twitter on Thursday, digging deeper into the Stormy Daniels affair and claiming that it was not an illegal campaign contribution.
Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. These agreements are.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
...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. Clifford (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair,......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
...despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
The sudden interest by Trump’s team in discussing the Stormy Daniels affair publicly has also increased buzz that Melania Trump may be seeking a divorce. Though the First Lady has remained quiet on the rumors, many others are predicting — and many others encouraging — that she will leave the president.
“Perhaps the most blatantly false denial came from Cohen's lawyer and spokesman, David Schwartz, who back in March denied that Trump ever reimbursed Cohen. He said it with ‘100 percent’ certainty. Now Guiliani says Trump did in fact ‘repay’ Cohen.”https://t.co/Qf4P7C7E3L— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 3, 2018
Tomi Ahonen, a motivational speaker and business leader, tweeted a (likely) tongue-in-cheek prediction that Melania will file for divorce before the month is out.
#AccordingToMyCalculations— Tomi Ahonen (@tomiahonen) April 27, 2018
Cohen flips within a week
Melania divorce filed within a month
Trump in prison before the end of the year
But for her part, Melania Trump has not given any official indication that she is planning to divorce Donald Trump.