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Ex-Playmate Karen McDougal Suing Over Alleged Trump Affair Says She Voted For Him: ‘That’s My President’

Karen McDougal, an ex-Playboy model who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump, sat down for an extensive interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN Thursday night.

McDougal is suing American Media Inc., the owner of the National Enquirer, to be freed from an agreement to keep quiet about an affair she claims she had with Trump in 2006. In the agreement, struck before the 2016 election, AMI bought her story for $150k only to not publish it — known as a “catch and kill” agreement.

McDougal told Cooper she didn’t know whether her story coming out before the election would have been particularly damaging to Trump, noting that “other stories” didn’t hurt him.

Cooper pressed that in telling her story to AMI, people would think McDougal either wanted money or to damage the president.

“I voted for the president,” McDougal said. “I voted for Donald. Why would I want to damage him? That’s my party, Republican party. That’s my president.”

“I didn’t want to hurt him in any shape or form.”

McDougal added that she thought the deal was struck by AMI in order to protect Trump — and that she was “disgusted” by the Access Hollywood tape:

“I had not seen that in him at all, when our relationship was going on,” McDougal said. “That’s not the man that I knew, so I was kind of disgusted by that.”

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