Melania was blindsided by report of payment to porn star — NY Times

President Donald Trump pauses as he finishes his first State of the Union address. Pic Win McNamee  Pool via AP

President Donald Trump pauses as he finishes his first State of the Union address. Pic Win McNamee Pool via AP

The stunning First Lady is still expected to accompany Trump during his first State of the Union address today. The speech comes following what has widely been viewed as a turbulent couple of weeks for the First Couple.

A report from The Wall Street Journal alleged that an attorney for President Trump's may have paid out over $100,000 in hush money to keep an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels out of headlines.

The alleged sexual encounter, first reported in The Wall Street Journal, alleged that Michael Cohen, the president's longtime attorney, had arranged a payment of $130,000 to Daniels, a month before the 2016 USA presidential election. Now, a report from the New York Times indicates that behind-the-scenes, Melania Trump is silently fuming about the scandal. She reportedly visited the spa, then quickly left on Friday, right before a fundraiser was to be held there. Incidentally, that week marked the Trumps' thirteenth (lucky for some!) wedding anniversary, which neither mentioned on their social media accounts.

Melania Trump made an unannounced solo visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington before departing for West Palm Beach last Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal on January 12 detailed an alleged $130,000 payment made just before the 2016 election to adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her quiet about a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. She did not specify which reports were false. That brings her four-hour roundtrip flight to Mar-a-Lago to approximately $64,600.

A spokesperson for Melania Trump said earlier this week that recent reports about the Trumps' marriage are "salacious" and "unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news".

Despite the supposedly boiling tensions between the two, Melania is expected to attend tonight's State of the Union address.

The first glimpse of the first lady came when she boarded Air Force One to return to Washington from Florida on Monday, January 15, walking up the stairs to the aircraft in blustery wind and rain, behind her husband, who carried an umbrella, but did not offer it to his wife.

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