Melania Trump has been spending nights at a posh D.C. HOTEL since the president was accused of having a fling with porn star Stormy Daniels - before the first lady unexpectedly flew to Palm Beach (Daily Mail link): Melania Trump has spent a number of nights at a posh D.C. hotel away from President Trump following allegations of a fling with porn star Stormy Daniels, White House sources told DailyMail.com.
The first lady opted for time away from her husband since news of a possible $130,000 payoff from the President's lawyer to Daniels to cover up an alleged tryst was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Then, last week, to add insult to injury, a celebrity magazine published a cringe-worthy 2011 interview with Daniels in which she talked about the alleged 2006 sexual encounter with the future president in a hotel room at a casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada following a celebrity charity golf tournament.
'It's been upsetting and humiliating; her relationship with President Trump has become strained,' a White House source told DailyMail.com.
Over two hours after DailyMail.com posted this story, Melania's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, tweeted: The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into "main stream media" reporting.'
She did not say specifically what, if any, part of the DailyMail.com was 'false.' Grisham did not respond to several requests for comment from DailyMail.com regarding Melania's hotel stays, although given several days notice prior to publication.
Melania left Washington D.C. mid-day on Thursday for West Palm Beach, Florida, just as the president held court at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, an event the first lady was originally scheduled to attend.
Daniels, who has starred in movies such as 'Good Will Humping' and 'Operation Desert Stormy,' claimed she could intimately describe the president's manhood and even revealed sex positions they had enjoyed.
At the time, Melania would have been caring for her and Trump's four-month-old son Barron.
Sparking more rumors and speculation about the impact on their marriage, on Tuesday it was announced she would not be joining President Trump on his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as was originally planned.
East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham confirmed to DailyMail.com that the first lady's decision to forgo the trip to Davos was based on 'scheduling and logistical issues,' as CNN reported.
Grisham had said the First Lady had intended to go to Davos as a show of support for her husband, who will deliver a speech at the forum.
But White House sources have told DailyMail.com that a memo sent to staffers also indicated the first lady was not expected to make any solo appearances while the President is away, drawing into question how her schedule is conflicted.
One well-placed source said: 'Melania spends three to four days a week away from the White House and has stayed at a hotel in D.C. multiple times in January, often for days at a time. She also travels up to New York.
'She rarely comes into his West Wing office as other first ladies have done and her schedule is vague at best.
'She seems to be avoiding duties unless there is a very special reason.
'Talk among staffers is that the Stormy Daniels affair hit her hard, it's been upsetting and humiliating and her relationship with President Trump has become strained.
Mod: The rest of this unhappy and shocking news can be read at the link. Melania's spokesperson is not happy with the Daily Mail's reporting on this controversy, and has now said so in a Tweet.
In a tweet Friday afternoon that did not mention a specific report, Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham accused news outlets of "salacious & false reporting," and referred to some outlets as "fake news."
"The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into 'main stream media' reporting. She is focused on her family & role as FLOTUS - not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news," Grisham tweeted.
The tweet from Grisham came just hours after the United Kingdom-based Daily Mail published a report claiming the first lady was spending nights in a D.C. hotel following news reports alleging that President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to a porn star for her silence concerning an affair with Trump.
The first lady originally planned to accompany her husband to Davos, Switzerland, this week for the World Economic Forum but instead remained behind.
Grisham told CNN on Monday that the change was made due to "scheduling and logistical issues."
Trump has not made a public statement since the publishing of The Wall Street Journal's report earlier this month that President Trump had an affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2006, shortly after the birth of Barron Trump.
Mod: Whatever the truth here might be, Stormy Daniels has been cashing in on her recently revitalized career, and big time. Here is a Newsweek report many in the Trump administration were not happy to see.
I am pleased to announce that the very gifted @StormyDaniels will be on #Kimmel Tuesday 1/30 after the #StateOfTheUnion. I have MANY QUESTIONS! #MAGA,” Kimmel tweeted Thursday night.
Daniels made the news earlier this month amid a wave of reports about Trump’s personal life before he entered the White House, including allegations that the two had a relationship. In a 2011 interview with In Touch Weekly that was not published until January 19, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she was invited to Trump’s hotel room where they had sex. The alleged encounter happened four months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.
The story first came to light in a report in The Wall Street Journal that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, gave Daniels a $130,000 payment to keep quiet about the 2006 sexual encounter less than a month before the 2016 election.
Mod: And now it looks like everybody wants to get in on the act. So to speak.
Evans told People she received a phone call from Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, when they were at Nevada’s Lake Tahoe for the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship almost 12 years ago. Evans previously told NBC’s Megyn Kelly earlier this month about Daniels asking her to “party” with her and Trump, but has now said she believed the future president was angling for a sexual escapade with both women.
“If my girlfriend calls me to hang out with another man, I expected it was for something naughty,” Evans said.