Fuming Melania Trump spent several nights at a posh D.C. hotel to keep away from the White House when news broke alleging the then-president had paid porn star Stormy Daniels for keeping quiet about their one-night stand.
It was just what Donald Trump had feared when he arranged to pay the porn star $130,000 in hush money 15 months earlier, a source close to the former president said.
‘Trump was beside himself that Melania would find out the details of his indiscretion – an indiscretion with a porn star no less.
‘He knew what the consequences could be and he would do whatever he could to keep a lid on it.’
Trump’s lawyer said the former president continues to deny the substance of the allegations of a sexual relationship with Daniels calling the $130,000 a ‘nuisance payment’ that wealthy or famous people sometimes pay to make a distracting situation disappear
Trump, 76, claims that he will be arrested on Tuesday on New York state charges he falsified business records and campaign finance violations related to reimbursing his then lawyer Michael Cohen for $130,000 to keep the porn star quiet.
He denies both any wrongdoing and the affair with Daniels, 44, and has called the case politically motivated. He described the payment to Daniels as a ‘nuisance payment’ that wealthy people sometimes pay to make a problem go away.
Still, the former first lady, now 52, opted for time away from her husband when the payoff to Daniels was reported by The Wall Street Journal in January 2018.
After the piece a celebrity magazine then published a cringe-worthy 2011 interview with Daniels in which she talked about the 2006 sexual encounter with the future president in a hotel room at a casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada following a celebrity charity golf tournament.
The magazine had held on to the interview for seven years before publishing it.
‘It was upsetting and humiliating; her relationship with President Trump became strained,’ a source told DailyMail.com after news of the payment broke.
Melania left Washington D.C. for West Palm Beach, Florida, just as the president held court at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 18, 2018, 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 and has just finished filming her latest Lawless, claimed she could intimately describe the president’s manhood and even revealed sex positions they had enjoyed during their 2006 trust.
At the time of the fling, Melania was caring for her and Trump’s then-four-month-old son Barron.
East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham told DailyMail.com at the time that the first lady’s decision to forgo the trip to Davos was based on ‘scheduling and logistical issues’.
Grisham – who has since had a public falling out with the Trumps – had said the First Lady had intended to go to Davos as a show of support for her husband, who delivered a speech at the forum.
One well-placed source said in 2018: ‘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.
‘If she is seen with him in public she’s very robotic, she smiles and then they go their separate ways.’
‘Melania seems to be actively limiting the time she spends with her husband and her behavior has raised eyebrows.’
InTouch Weekly published a cringe-worthy 2011 interview with Daniels in which she talked about a 2006 sexual encounter with the future president in a hotel room at a casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, following a celebrity charity golf tournament
She wasn’t seen for days at a time, finally breaking cover to make an appearance at the Holocaust Museum in Washington in advance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
It was the first time the then-FLOTUS had been seen in 10 days.
The White House did not invite reporters to cover the excursion, and it was only publicized by Melania’s spokeswoman with a tweet.
The couple’s 13th wedding anniversary on January 22 came and went without a mention by POTUS or FLOTUS, and no time was slotted in the president’s schedule for any such celebration.
The anniversary landed during a busy news cycle that saw the president tweeting four times throughout the day, solely on the government shutdown, that, at the time was entering its second month.
Melania did not tweet or mention the visit on her own social media either. In fact, she remained completely mum on her social through the day.
This was a departure from the couple’s 10th anniversary, when Trump reportedly gave Melania a 25-carat diamond ring, an upgrade from her previous 12-carat engagement ring.
‘This has been a year filled with many wonderful moments,’ she tweeted.
‘I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve been lucky enough to meet throughout our great country & the world!’
She accompanied the message with a photo showing the former model with a military escort on Inauguration day.
Daniels talked about the sexual encounter with the future president at the Harrah’s Casino hotel during the American Century celebrity golf tournament at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada, in July 2006.
Trump, she said, took the opportunity to summon her to the sheets after she used his suite’s bathroom.
‘The sex was nothing crazy,’ Daniels recalled. ‘He wasn’t like, chain me to the bed or anything. It was one position.’ She has since described it as ‘the worst 90 seconds of my life.’
She added: ‘I can definitely describe his junk perfectly, if I ever have to.’
Daniels said Trump ‘definitely seemed smitten’ after their romp. ‘He was like, “I wanna see you again, when can I see you again?”‘
Daniels told InTouch that Trump, then a reality TV star, lured her into conversations and sex with a promise that he would get her a role on his show, ‘The Apprentice.’
‘I didn’t have any unrealistic expectations of actually being on the show … So now I wonder if the whole thing was just a f***ing lie,’ she said, to get her into bed.
‘And I guess it worked.’
Daniels said that Trump deflected questions about his wife, the future First Lady, despite the fact that she was at home with an infant son while he was making publicity appearances.
As DailyMail.com revealed exclusively on Saturday, Stormy tied the knot with a fellow porn star who goes by the name Barrett Blade, 49, in December last year.
The two have known each other for 25 years. They originally met in a bar. But it is only recently that that friendship became romantic.
Trump and Melania’s marriage was thrust into the spotlight after the release of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury in 2016, which detailed their bizarre private life.
Wolff claimed the marriage ‘was perplexing to almost everybody around [Trump]’ and that the two ‘spent relatively little time together.’
‘They could go days at a time without contact, even when they were both in Trump Tower.’
The book also stated that the First Couple slept in separate bedrooms in the White House –’the first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms.’
Wolff claimed the president also allegedly discussed with friends about ‘how the more years between an older man and a younger woman, the less the younger woman took an older man’s cheating personally.’