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Donald Trump 'strongly, clearly' denies having affair with porn star

Stormy Daniels has claimed she was threatened in a bid to keep her silent over the alleged affair.

Updated 10.11pm

DONALD TRUMP’S WHITE House has denied allegations that he had an extra-marital affair with a pornographic actress and drew her credibility into questions.

“The president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims,” made by Stormy Daniels, said White House spokesman Raj Shah.

The only person who has been inconsistent is the one making the claims.

Up to now, Trump has been uncharacteristically quiet about the alleged fling. He arrived back at the White House shortly before the Stormy Daniels interview aired last night, but it is not known whether or not he watched it. Melania remained in Florida for spring break.

‘A direct threat’

Last night, porn actress Daniels said she was threatened in a bid to keep her silent about her alleged fling with Trump, which she detailed in a highly-anticipated primetime TV interview broadcast last night.

She is seeking to be released from a non-disclosure agreement she signed 11 days before the 2016 presidential election that brought Trump to power, for which she was paid $130,000 (€105,000) – leading to allegations that the payment amounted to an illicit contribution to his campaign.

Daniels told Anderson Cooper on CBS’s 60 Minutes that Trump had not asked her to keep their 2006 sexual encounter secret, but said she was approached by a man in a Las Vegas parking lot after agreeing to sell her story for $15,000 in 2011 (€12,000).

“I was in a parking lot, going to a fitness class with my infant daughter. Taking, you know, the seats facing backwards in the back seat, diaper bag, you know, gettin’ all the stuff out,” she said.

And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom’.

Cooper asked: “You took it as a direct threat?”

“Absolutely,” Daniels said.

“I was rattled, I remember going into the workout class and my hands were shaking so much I was afraid I was gonna drop her,” she said of her daughter.

Magazine spanking

Daniels said she was introduced to Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in July 2006. He invited her to his hotel suite, the only time they had sex.

The conversation “started off all about him, just talking about himself,” with Trump asking if Daniels had seen his picture on the cover of a magazine, she said.

I was like, does this, does this normally work for you? And he looked very taken back.

She told him: “Someone should take that magazine and spank you with it.”

She took the magazine and told Trump to drop his pants, which he did – with underwear still on – “and I just gave him a couple swats,” said Daniels.

The real estate mogul “was a completely different person” after that, and he stopped talking about himself.

Trump told her, “‘Wow, you, you are special. You remind me of my daughter.’ You know, he’s like, ‘You’re smart, beautiful and a woman to be reckoned with,’” she said.

Trump’s wife Melania – who had recently given birth to their son – came up only briefly: “I asked, and he brushed it aside, said, ‘Oh yeah, yeah, you know, don’t worry about that, we have separate rooms’,” Daniels said.

She said she and Trump had unprotected sex, despite the fact that she was not attracted to a man who was over 30 years her senior.

But “I didn’t say no. I’m not a victim,” Daniels said.

She stayed in contact with Trump after the encounter because the tycoon said he would try to get her on The Apprentice, the reality TV show he hosted at the time.

“I thought of it as a business deal,” she said, but it did not pan out.

‘I’m telling the truth’

Daniels said her main motive for speaking out now was to set the record straight.

“I’m not okay with being made out to be a liar,” she insisted.

Asked what she would say to Trump if he were watching the interview, she said: “He knows I’m telling the truth.”

Daniels declined to discuss evidence to back her encounter with Trump, the possibility of which was teased by her lawyer prior to the interview.

Michael Avenatti posted a picture on Twitter of a computer disc along with the text: “If ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ how many words is this worth????? #60minutes #pleasedenyit.”

Avenatti filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – earlier this month seeking to toss out her non-disclosure agreement, for which she was paid by Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Cohen claimed that Daniels is liable for at least $20 million for violating the agreement – $1 million for each time she did so – in a court filing made prior to the CBS interview.

“This is about the cover-up,” Avenatti said on 60 Minutes.

This is about the extent that Mr Cohen and the president have gone to intimidate this woman, to silence her.

Avenatti told CNN it was “fairly obvious” the threat in Las Vegas came from “someone associated with the Trump Organization.”

Cohen, who paid Daniels $130,000 as part of a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2016, reportedly sent Avenatti and Daniels a cease and desist order late Sunday after the highly anticipated CBS interview aired.

Asked about the letter, Avenatti said, “This is a man who has a history of thuggish behavior using intimidation tactics trying to step on little people,”

“If she’s not telling the truth, let the president take to the podium and call her a liar,” he later told NBC. “Let the president come forward and say it never happened. There is a reason why this $130,000 was paid.”

© – AFP, 2018

Read: Porn star sues Trump over non-disclosure agreement – but President denies affair

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