WH Deputy Press Sec Raj Shah: ‘The President Doesn’t Believe Any Of The Claims’ Stormy Daniels Made
Well, that was quick.
Right off the bat in today’s White House press briefing, principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah was grilled on the alleged affair between adult film actress Stormy Daniels and President Donald Trump following Daniels’ much-watched 60 Minutes interview.
AP’s Zeke Miller got things started by first asking why the American people should trust anything the White House says after the administration denied a shakeup was imminent, only to see a number of high-profile personnel moves. Miller followed that up with a Daniels-related question.
“Can you state categorically that the president, campaign and the Trump Organization did not violate federal law, specifically election law, regarding that payment?” Miller asked, referencing the $130,000 in hush money sent to Daniels before the 2016 election.
“I can speak only for the White House.– I can say White House didn’t engage in any wrongdoing,” Shah responded, adding Trump attorney Michael Cohen and the campaign can address anything related to their actions.
“With respect to that interview, I will say the president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims,” he added. “The only person has been inconsistent is the one making the claims.”
Later in the briefing, Fox News’ Kevin Corke noted that Shah had said that Trump has maintained his consistent story that the allegations made by Daniels are false, further asking Shah if Trump watched last night’s interview.
“You know, I’m not going to get into what the president may or may not have seen,” Shah replied. “I’ll say that he’s consistently denied the allegations.”
Shah was then pressed by MSNBC’s Kristin Welker on whether Trump was aware of a physical threat that Daniels claimed was made against her in 2011.
“The president doesn’t believe any of the claims that Miss Daniels made last night in the interview are accurate,” the spokesman said, adding that there’s “nothing to corroborate her claim.”
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