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england with a toxic deadly nerve agent. the uk believes the kremlin is behind the attack. it was a headline that would normally dominate a press briefing but this is 2018 and last night a porn star broke her nondisclosure agreement to detail a sexual encounter with a man who became president. stormy daniels said she was physically threatened as she stood in a parking lot with her young daughter to, quote, leave trump alone and forget the story. daniels's lawyer believes trump's personal attorney michael cohen ordered the threat. today cohen's legal team is calling the allegations false and defamatory. let's go to chief white house correspondent jim acosta in the briefing room awaiting raj shah who is sitting in for sarah sanders today. you look at the steps with russia. the president has taken criticism for months now for not
standing up to russia gri aggressively enough. you could say these are the toughest moves of his administration against moscow. >> reporter: it signals a change in his administration. we haven't seen anything about closing that consulate in seattle because of the proximity to a marine base. we heard from sarah sanders but no tweet or comment from the president. that will come up -- why doesn't the president personally comment on this when theresa may did just that earlier today, talking about the condition of the victims in great britain as a result of the nerve agent attack. saying that the people who were directly attacked, the former spy and his daughter may never recover from the nerve agent attack. that's obviously a dramatic announcement from the british prime minister. we'll see what they have to say in the briefing room. the other topic the president
doesn't like to talk about which is stormy daniels, the interview last night on "60 minutes." it's interesting to note we have not really heard the president weigh in on this personally. we are not going to hear it unless he surprises us and comes into the briefing room. i suspect raj shah will be peppered with questions about that because of the nature of the allegations. the attorney for stormy daniels said she's been physically threatened. that came up in the "60 minutes" interview. that will warrant a response from the white house. jim, i think the other dramatic thing in terms of the president's silence in this is what we saw over the weekend. this extraordinary march on washington led by the students in parkland, florida, calling for gun control measures in the u.s. the president didn't comment on that. he was in mar-a-lago over the weekend. we really didn't see him talk about that. obviously the students have been front and center talking about this important issue. i suspect that will be a
question for raj shah as well. so, jim, one thing we are waiting to find out when he comes into the briefing is whether he has somebody with him. on days like this there are occasions you'll perhaps see a surprise guest. we had one interesting sighting here on the north lawn of the white house today. the new national security adviser is here in the house, john bolton. he was spotted making his way into the white house today. perhaps we'll see him. i have no inside knowledge on that. sources aren't telling me that, but it would be consistent with having a high ranking u.s. official, white house official when something of the magnitude of those expulsions are being announced as they were today. >> often those guest appearances are a good way to change the subject from subjects they don't want to talk about. >> that's true. >> we'll see you at the briefing. speaking of the stormy daniels allegations some details that emerged from her tell-all interview bear a resemblance to another woman's story.
former playboy model karen mcdougal claimed to have had an affair with the president as well. m.j. lee joins me with more. that's an issue here. beyond the details stormy daniels gave about the alleged relationship with the president are the commonality with mcdougal's story. >> that's right. we have now heard from two women who described their alleged affairs with donald trump. stormy daniels and karen mcdougal, two women who described different kinds of affairs. stormy daniels said she only had sex with donald trump once. karen mcdougal said she had a long running affair with donald trump that lasted ten months. she ab she believed they were in love. there are striking similarities in the stories. let me walk through a couple of them. both women walked through the physical descriptions in graphic detail about their physical encounters with donald trump, specifically both women saying
donald trump declined to use protection when they were intimate. here's what they said. >> you work in an industry where condom use is an issue. did he use a condom? >> no. >> did you ask him to? >> no. i honestly didn't say anything. >> did he ever use protection? >> no. no, he didn't. >> the timing of both affairs also significant because they would have taken place soon after donald trump married melania trump. both women say that the issue of donald trump's wife, now the first lady, did come up in their affair and each time donald trump made reference to the fact that melania trump had a separate bedroom in their apartment. here they are. >> melania trump had recently given birth to a son a few months before. did he mention his wife or child? >> i asked. he brushed it aside and said, oh, yeah, yeah, don't worry
about that. we have separate rooms and stuff. >> we passed a room and he said, this is melania's room. she likes to have her alone time or get away to read or something like that. i'm like, oh, okay. that's when i thought maybe they're having issues. i didn't ask. >> the next one is definitely a little strange. both women saying in the course of their affair donald trump compared each of the women to his daughter. here's what they said. >> he's like, wow, you are special. you remind me of my daughter. >> you know, he's very proud of ivanka. as he should be. she's a brilliant woman, beautiful. she's -- you know, that's his daughter and he should be proud of her. he said i was beautiful like her. you know, you're a smart girl. there wasn't a lot of comparing, but there was some, yeah.
i heard a lot about her. >> now, jim, the final and bigger picture similarity here of course is that both women say they were offered hush agreements, ndas and payoffs to stay silent about the alleged affairs with donald trump. stormy daniels said she was offered $130,000 in a deal with michael cohen. karen mcdougal was offered $150,000 in a deal with american media inc. the similarity in the stories now is both women, even before the lawsuits have come to a conclusion decided to speak out. they both say they feel threatened to some degree but they would rather speak out now and forego the possibility of staying silent about their affairs with donald trump. >> of course we know nondisclosure agreements are something the president used in his businesses in the past as well. mj lee, thank you very much. this is a remarkable story. cringe-worthy at times. the white house briefing expected to begin any moment
now. they'll face questions about stormy daniels's interview. we'll have the briefing live, of course, and a stunning revelation. the father of the pulse nightclub shooter in orlando worked as a secret fbi informant long before the deadly attack happened. could this up end the case against the gunman's wife?
if your adventure keeps turning into unexpected bathroom trips you may have overactive bladder, or oab. that white house press briefing now under way. have a listen. >> -- taken in conjunction with our allies and partners around the world including more than a dozen countries in the e.u., nato and others around the world. today's actions make the united states safer by reducing russia's ability to spy on americans and to conduct covert operations and threaten america's national security. with theese steps our partners around the world made clear to russia that actions have consequences. we stand ready to cooperate to build a better relationship with russia. this can only happen with a change in the russian government's behavior. looking ahead to next week, the
president will welcome the leaders of estonia, latvia and lithuania to the white house on april 3. president trump and the three baltic heads of state will celebrate the 100th anniversary of those countries' independence and set the stage for another century of strong ties between our countries. the u.s. baltic summit will focus on how to strengthen our security, business, trade, energy, and cultural partnerships. the visit will also highlight baltic state achievements since their independence including economic growth, recent success in meeting nato's defense and spending pledges. a quick reminder for everyone here, the annual white house easter egg roll will take place on the south lawn a week from today. we are inviting members of the white house press corps to bring your kids to the event. please work with the press office to secure tickets if you haven't already. with that, i will take your questions. zeke? >> thanks, raj.
thanks for doing this. first, on thursday white house officials were up on the stage saying the president would sign legislation on friday morning. he threatened to veto it and signed it. ten days ago sarah said h.r. mcmaster had confidence he would be leaving the white house. two and a half weeks ago the president expressed confidence in his attorneys. there was a shake-up last week. could you speak to the white house's credibility? why should we in this room and more importantly the american people trust anything the administration is telling them? >> well, our job as a press office and administration is to give you the best information we have available to us, the most accurate information in a timely fashion. sometimes the dynamics are fluid in any given situation. you mentioned personnel matters. facts and circumstances change. we continue to give you guys the best information we can as quickly as possible. >> raj, just on stormy daniels,
could you state that the president's campaign and the administration didn't violate election law regarding the payment? >> i can speak only for the white house. i can say categorically the white house didn't engage in any wrongdoing. the campaign or mr. cohen -- yeah, the campaign or mr. cohen can address anything with respect to their actions. with respect to that interview, i will say the president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims. the only person who has been inconsistent is the one making the claims. >> raj? regarding the russia actions that were announced earlier today, the president has not personally said anything about the expulsion of the 60 diplomats. in his call last week with president putin he decided not to confront putin on the attack despite advice he was given from his national security advisors and he congratulated putin on
that phone call. how do you square the aggressive actions the administration is taking with a different approach from the president? >> well, i think, you know, that's a statement coming from the press secretary on this. the last sentence outlined our approach to this which is our relationship with russia is frankly up to the russian government and up to vladimir putin and others in senior leadership in russia. we want to have a cooperative relationship. the president wants to work with russia. their actions sometimes don't allow it to happen. the poisoning in the uk that has led to today's announcement was a very brazen action. it was a reckless action that endangered not just two individuals who were poisoned but many innocent civilians. this is not the type of conduct that the united states or our allies can accept. but the president still remains open to working with the russians on areas of mutual concern -- counter terrorism, tyrannosaurus r
for example and others. that's up to the russians to decide. >> if the president believes it was a reckless and brazen action why didn't he say so to putin when he had the opportunity to do that? >> he raised a number of issues. we did secure with putin on the call some positive interaction when it comes to nuclear arms. so there were certainly positive developments from the call and the president will continue diplomacy with russia and putin. this action by the president is very clear. we are heartened that it comes in conjunction with over a dozen allies both in nato and e.u. kevin? >> you mentioned it was brazen and reckless. does an attack on the soil of a valued ally rise to the level of an act of war? is that the administration's policy here? >> well, we have been joined at the hip with uk on this matter. we stand firmly with our ally.
again, i will classify this action as both brazen and reckless. i don't want to get ahead of anything the president may or may not announce or declare later on. >> you mentioned that the president continues to maintain his consistent story that he did not do what has been alleged by ms. daniels. did he by chance watch the interview last night? did you ask him about that? >> you know, i'm not going to get into what the president may or may not have seen. i will just say he's consistently denied these allegations. kristen? >> thank you. was the president aware of a physical threat made against ms. daniels when she was with her daughter in 2011? >> the president doesn't believe any of the claims that ms. daniels made last night in the interview are accurate. >> he doesn't believe she was threatened? >> no, he does not. >> what's his basis for that, raj? >> i'm sorry? >> what's his basis? >> he doesn't believe -- there is nothing to corroborate her claim. >> raj, did he have dinner with
michael cohen at mar-a-lago on saturday? >> i believe he did. i don't have any additional information on it. >> so to believe her claims we can deduce he saw it. >> again, i won't get into what he saw. there are clips of it all over the morning news shows. he's denied the accusations that she made last night and has been consistent in doing so. she has not. >> on the expulsions, three weeks passed between the attacks and expulsions. what took so long? >> actions like this take time. we coordinated with over a dozen allies who wanted this to be a joint effort in which the united states is joining the european union and nato allies. >> a spokesman is threatening retaliation against the u.s. and other countries involved. your response to that? >> we want to work with russia but this cannot be tolerated. the united states is responding to russia's action as i called it brazen and reckless.
this is a u.s. response. we want to work with russia. you know, the ball is in their court with respect to how they want to respond. jim? >> if you listen to national security experts, diplomatic experts on what happened with russia they say you have to hit russia where it hurts. you have to sanction them economically. you have to go after putin's cronies, putin himself potentially. would this president consider sanctioning vladimir putin or his cronies to punish him and the russian government for what happened in the uk and for meddling in the 2016 election? >> the united states has issued sanctions on key russian oligarchs. in response to the 2016 election. i wouldn't close any doors or preclude potential action. but the president doesn't telegraph his moves. >> one other question about this weekend. there was a massive march in washington led by the students from parkland, florida. the president didn't tweet about it, hasn't said anything about
this. what is the white house's response to this? are the actions that the president signed into law last week strengthening some of the background checks and whatnot? is that the end of it? is the president going to do any more on the gun safety issue? and what about that question he asked of the republican lawmakers -- are you afraid of the nra? >> the president respects everyone's first amendment right and wants their voices to be heard. there were actions he signed into law on friday in the omnibus bill including school safety, the stop school violence act which was a priority of the sandy hook promise organization. and the fix nics bill, the background check portion you mentioned. the department of justice announced a rule which banned the sale of bump stock devices effectively. the president believes in the second amendment but believes other measures could be taken at the federal and also the state level to improve school safety.
he's mentioned hardening schools. he's talked about extreme risk protective orders that states can engage in. there are a lot of things that could be done. this wednesday the school safety commission that's chaired by secretary devos will be meeting for the first time. we hope some fruitful ideas will come from that. >> can you talk about david shulkin? will he be fired face to face or through the media? on twitter? >> i have no announcements on that. >> can you explain why it's been the president's practice or the practice of those associated with the president to offer compensation to people to keep them silent? why would the president do that? why has he done that or caused others to do that? >> you can have michael cohen address specifics regarding this agreement you are referring to. false charges are settled out of court all the time. this is nothing outside the ordinary. >> why would, in this case,
$130,000 be paid to a woman in the days before the election? you're saying she made false claims but why would $130,000 be paid to her? >> again, false charges are settled out of court all the time. you have to ask michael cohen about the specifics. >> does the president have intentions of responding directly? why haven't we heard from him? >> that's up to the president. jen? >> on north korea, bloomberg reported that kim jong-un is in china now. does the white house see it as a precursor to talk between president trump and kim jong-un and has china offered to host the summit? >> we can't confirm the reports. we don't know if they are necessarily true. what i will state though is that where we are with north korea is in a better place than we used to be because the president's maximum pressure campaign in conjunction with dozens of countries around the world paid dividends and brought the north koreans to the table.
we are looking forward to a potential summit some months in advance. >> raj? >> yeah. >> does the white house believe the nation's veterans are best served by having david shulkin serve as secretary? >> i have no personnel announcements. >> how much longer should the secretary expect to work in the administration? >> i have no personnel announcements. >> thanks, raj. the israeli press is reporting that prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been informing french and german foreign ministers that the u.s. is very likely to pull out of the iran deal in may. can you confirm that? >> i can't confirm that. i can tell you that the president has been clear since january where he gave remarks about this, what he thinks of the iran deal. that goes back years. he thinks it is one of the worst agreements the united states has ever made internationally. he is insisting on changes at the congressional level and with your european partners.
if changes aren't made, the president is prepared to potentially with draw from the agreement. john? >> thanks, raj. in light of these announced expulsions of the 60 russian intelligence agents, is the president still going full steam ahead in meeting with russian president vladimir putin? >> again, we have no announcements on a potential meeting or any kind of summit. >> -- still want to do it, right? >> as i said, we want to work with russia. we have areas of mutual concern we can work with them. i mentioned counterterrorism. there is general global stability and other matters where we want to work with russia. but the ball is in their court. it is up to them whether we're going to have a fruitful and constructive relationship or an adversarial relationship. >> meeting with the president after they have done what the u.s. -- not just alleges, but say they have done. they have poisoned a former russian spy on british soil and you punish them for it.
why at this point also give them this gift of meeting with the president of the united states? >> well, again, there is no meeting to announce. jordan? >> treasury secretary mnuchin said there might be a workaround for a supreme court ruling that said line item vetoes are unconstitutional. what is that workaround and is that something that the white house is aggressively pursuing that it's going to propose congress take care of? >> the president outlined friday why he was frustrated with the legislation he was given. it was a massive spending bill handed to him at the 11th hour. you know, spending by congress hasn't really been executed properly since 1996. they vice president had individual spending bills for over two decades. so this omnibus process, the president wants to reform. he's talked about ending the filibuster, a line item veto. it obviously has to pass constitutional muster. he wants to fix the budget
process. his message to leaders in congress of both parties is if something similar happens again he's more inclined to veto it. >> on the line item veto have you been able to find a workaround to the supreme court ruling? >> there are things being discussed with respect to house and senate rules. i don't want to get ahead of anything we may come out in favor of. john? >> thank you, raj. two questions. first, last week senator burraso, the republican whip made a strong speech in which he denounced, as mark short did, the necessity to use cloture on all appointments and he called for a new agreement similar to the bipartisan agreement senator schumer had with republicans in 2013 allowing several votes on nomination to come up and not requiring that so much. have you talked to the senator about this or has the president talked to him and is that
something the administration endorses? >> i'm not aware of a white house conversation with him. i haven't spoken to him. i would generally agree with the concept. having not seen the details i don't want to commit to it. >> the other thing is egypt is having an election this week. all signs are the president will be re-elected without much opposition. does the president plan to call him? >> i don't have any call plans to read out to you. trey? >> thanks, raj. the president spoke with russian president vladimir putin last week. today we saw this major action by the united states to expel these 60 diplomats and additionally close the consulate in seattle. why did the president not bring up this poisoning of a former russian spy with president putin when he spoke with him on the phone? >> as i mentioned earlier, the president did discuss a range of issues with vladimir putin. you know, he's addressed this matter publically and repeatedly. addressed it after he spoke with
prime minister may, he addressed it in the quad statement. you know, with this action right now. the president's made his position and the country's position pretty clear. >> if i could ask you about shulkin, i would like to ask how you would describe the relationship between president trump and v.a. secretary shulkin. >> i haven't asked the president about it today. i don't want to comment on it too specifically. >> you said earlier the only one being inconsistent is stormy daniels. what has she said that's inconsistent? >> my understanding is she signed some statements that conflict with what she said last night. >> there have been a cascade of expulsion announcements around the globe today. some 130 diplomats across 18 countries. what was the u.s.'s role in this? can you tell us more about the president's role in what looks like a coordinated effort?
>> it was a coordinated effort. the president spoke with many foreign leaders, our european allies and others, and encouraged them to join the united states in this announcement. we think this is not just an important message to send to the russian government, but also significant in degrading their intelligence capabilities around the world, not just in the united states. >> the president has come out strongly about the importance that law enforcement play in this country. has he commented at all about the shooting death of stefan clark? he was unarmed, shot by a police officer, a lot of protests happening across the country as a result. >> i'm not aware of comments he has. i haven't asked him about that directly. obviously the president cares about any individual who would be harmed through no fault of their own. i don't know the specifics in that case. i don't want to comment further. thanks, folks.
>> before you leave, raj, could you speak to the transgender ban? >> you have been listening to the white house press briefing. raj shah with hard questions on both russia and on stormy daniels there. reaction to stormy daniels really dismissing her story. the white house saying the president doesn't believe stormy daniels, said there is nothing to corroborate her claims about the alleged relationship with the president and saying she's been inconsistent with her story. quite an attack on stormy daniels following quite an interview on "60 minutes" last night. >> that's right. what was most striking to me in hearing raj shah speak is he wouldn't say whether the president saw it but he said the president thinks all of her claims and that would include the claim in 2011 that stormy daniels was threatened by someone while in a parking lot waiting for a fitness class with her infant daughter. that's really striking. i will imagine that's going to generate a lot of news.
they are categorically denying this. our colleagues have been reporting a number of similarities between what we heard stormy daniels tell anderson cooper and what karen mcdougal told him that make the stories sound more credible. >> you heard something fairly consistent from white house spokespeople which is to set the limits for what they could comment on truthfully. raj shah said we'll give you the best information that we have available. he referred questions on the payment and any legal agreement with stormy daniels to michael cohen, the president's lawyer there. setting a little bit of a separation because raj shah has been challenged that there are times information from the podium turned out not to be true. >> and they don't know what's coming next. stormy daniels's attorney is holding things back. the strategy is drip, drip, drip. they have a disc. what's on the disc? we don't know. if there is actual evidence that what they are saying is wrong
they may not know about it. so they just have to say as little as possible and hope they don't contradict themselves. >> both sides are trying to dominate the news cycle. >> absolutely. >> kim, of course, the other big headline here, the white house moves against russia expelling 60 russian diplomats. the strongest trump administration response to russian activity of this administration. >> yes. after the recent passing of sanctions against specific russian oligarchs this is the longest expulsion since the '80s under reagan. the message to russia is we will line up with our nato and e.u. allies if you push us. but trump allies are saying the reason he hasn't shamed putin directly in some conversations about this is he's trying to keep an avenue open saying, you
know, we are treating you with respect. we are saying this is a red line, but if you want to behave according to international norms, the door is still open. >> i tried to keep count. i couldn't keep count the number of times raj shah said we want to work with russia. areas like counterterrorism and elsewhere, keeping open the door to contact with russia. i should note it's different from the language you hear from european capitals. if you listened to theresa may today, europeans expressing more public alarm about the attack than you have heard from the white house. >> what a great example of the fact that in this administration we have two foreign policies -- the bureaucrats' and the president's foreign policy. there is a difference but they interact in interesting and unpredictable ways. you have a national security agency squad that wants to get tough on russia, respond with sanctions, confront them on interference around the world and the president has been emphasis on making the
u.s.-russia relationship better. those things are happening in parallel to each other. in this case as raj shah said clearly, they had no choice. if you want to get along with russia, it takes two to tango. if putin is going to deliver chemical weapons on the streets of london, well, that forces our hand. even president trump has to respond to that. >> you have to look at it that way. as raj shah noted, dozens of people were poisoned by this. the nerve agent is a chemical weapon. you have to look at it as a chemical weapon terror attack on the soil of a close u.s. ally. >> you are seeing an acknowledgment that the strategy of just being nice to russia to work with them doesn't work. the way to deal with putin is he'll push until he meets resistance. when he meets resistance he'll stop. then you can have a negotiation. if you want to work together on terrorism, syria, ukraine, okay, we can have a conversation. you can't have the conversation while you let putin and his
government run roughshod over customs and kill people on european soil. >> he may not necessarily pull back. just ask the ukraine where russia is today. >> putin respects force, but one of the problems with today is, yes, you had to do it, but is it going to change russian behavior? probably not. this message has worked for vladimir putin with his people that the west is against us. now, look, they are all acting against us. so there is going to be a lot of support for reciprocity. what i have heard from former intelligence agent officers who used to work inside russia, what they are worried about is some of our best people are probably about to get thrown out just at the time we need to be watching everything moscow is doing. >> you said some of their best people, best spies, of course. kim, josh, juana, thank you very much. we'll speak to a personal friend of stormy daniels who said she was there in lake tahoe the very
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accurate. to remind you she claimed that she was threatened physically in 2011 after trying to sell the story of her alleged tryst with donald trump. have a listen. >> i was in a parking lot going to a fitness class with my infant daughter. the seat was facing backwards, diaper bag, getting all the stuff out. a guy walked up on me and said to me, leave trump alone, forget this story. then he leaned around, looked at my daughter and said, that's a beautiful little girl, it would be a shame if something happened to her mom. then he was gone. >> here's what the white house had to say about the allegations just moments ago. >> i can speak for only the white house. i can say categorically obviously the white house didn't engage in any wrongdoing. the campaign or mr. cohen can address anything with respect to their actions. with respect to that interview, i will say the president
strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims. the only person who has been inconsistent is the one making the claims. >> i'm joined now by adult film actress alana evans, a personal friend of stormy daniels. i know you spoke with us last week before the interview with anderson cooper aired. you heard the white house dismissing your friend stormy daniels's account out of hand. i'm curious what your reaction is. >> anger instantly because by dismissing stormy's claims you're yet again dismissing the words that i have shared about being there in tahoe and the things that i know happened, especially with donald trump calling me with stormy from that hotel room that night. i'm tired of watching us be called liars again and again to protect a person who is lying even if he is the president of
the united states. >> to remind our viewers, because this is important, when things like this happen to women, this woman, your friend stormy daniels, confided if you. she told you details of this relationship. that's what you're saying here about that conversation in lake tahoe. >> i was actually invited to join trump and stormy that very night. she called me repeatedly asking me to join her. watching the "60 minutes" interview and seeing her talk about she knew she was putting herself in a bad place by going to his room alone, being the person and friend she was calling that night i feel horrible now that i didn't go with her and that i made my friend go to his room by herself when she was asking me to be there. so many emotions i'm feeling now after watching that interview and even different emotions now from watching the press briefing. i'm very frustrated about the
consistent lies that keep coming from that office. he's saying he believes her accusations aren't true. he was there. he knows that they are true. >> there was really multiple lines of attack from the white house podium on stormy daniels. one, raj shah, the deputy press secretary saying the president doesn't believe that stormy daniels was threatened. so questioning the credibility of that story. he said there is nothing to corroborate her claims and said she's been inconsistent. in fact, you're saying what she told you corroborates that claim and you're also saying you were in the room when the president called her as it happened. >> the president and stormy together called me. the two of them on the phone at the same time calling me from his hotel room. and, yes, i have said this before. but they keep calling me a liar. stormy herself has taken a lie
detector test. i have yet to be asked to take one but at this point in time i'm absolutely prepared to do that. i am tired of being called a liar. i know she is, too. >> let me ask you, what do you say to the people -- and there are, some the president's supporters -- saying stormy is trying to profit from this story being in the news. how do you react to that charge? >> that's what everyone is going to say when a woman wants to come forward and tell her story. we are always accused of seeking financial gain when the reality is she's just telling the truth. she said in the interview last night she might be receiving more bookings, but you have to think about the danger that we are putting ourselves in by speaking out. it doesn't outweigh the financial gain in the least. in fact, the money doesn't make up for the stress, the hate, the awful things being said about us. there is no money you could pay
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liar here? >> well, as you know, when i'm speaking, when stormy is speaking, when karen is speaking, you're watching my reaction and you're reading me to see if i'm telling you the truth. i don't think you'll ever see donald trump speaking about his affair. and i'm not going to bother calling it alleged. speaking about his affair with stormy because he's not going to be able to lie when people are actually watching him. >> you heard, of course, and she's told you about this threat. you said at times that she even feared for her life following this threat. did she ever describe to you who specifically delivered that threat to her? what the person looked like, who they might be? >> the interview last night was the first time that i had heard about this particular threat. i know of other threats that
have been received, the e-mail and things like that, but i hadn't heard about this before. i will say at that time in stormy's life, we weren't seeing each other or speaking as much because she had remarried and had a new family and we just weren't running in the same circles at that time. >> let me ask you about this then. stormy daniels' lawyer has hinted at times to the possibility that she has evidence of their alleged affair, whether it be text messages, even videos, still images. do you know, are you aware that she has any such evidence? has she spoken to you about it or shown you anything along those lines? >> i am unaware about text messages or pictures or any type of evidence she might have that would fit on a disk. all i know is that stormy still has the dress that she wore from that night. >> and she kept that for what reason? >> maybe a keepsake.
maybe because it's actual proof. i can only speculate the things that may be on that dress, especially if it's never been washed. >> understood. we'll leave that there. i want to ask you this as well, because this gets to what changed in her approach to this. she signed a nondisclosure agreement, accepted this money days before the election, $130,000. why do you believe that stormy daniels chose to break her nondisclosure agreement now and give this far-ranging interview where she gives details of this relationship? >> she's giving an interview to a renowned news show, first of all. she's not being paid for an interview like this. and i think we're getting to a place where there is so much talk and so much speculation, so many horrible accusations, people's opinions, people's threats coming against her that
i would imagine she's tired of all of the naysayers, the white house trying to discredit her truth. and so coming forward and explaining to the rest of the world things that people like me already knew, i think she was ready. it's time. as she's approaching the lawsuit, we are all watching cohen and trump more than double down on her with this ridiculous $20 million lawsuit that they're bringing against her. it's time. it's time for her to speak out. there's no more damage that they can do at this point other than continue to try to defame us. >> well, alana, you're speaking out as well. i know this is a difficult topic to talk about and i know that stormy is your friend so it's difficult for you to experience that. i want to thank you for taking the time and giving us honest answers to our questions. >> thank you for having me. i appreciate it. i just want to defend my friend
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hello, top of the hour, i'm jim sciutto in for brooke baldwin today. the white house issuing a strong denial to the ak savinccusation stormy daniels. i'm going to play the white house reaction, but first what daniels said on "60 minutes" just last night. >> i was in a parking lot going to a fitness class with my infant daughter. i was taking the seats facing backwards in the back seat, diaper bag, getting all the stuff out. a guy walked up on me and said to me, leave trump alone, forget the story. then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said a beautiful little girl. it would be a shame if something happened to her mom, and then he was gone. >> you took it as a direct threat? >> absolutely. i was rattled. i remember going into the workout class and my hands were shaking so much i was afraid i
would drop her. >> did you ever see the person again? >> no. but if i did, i'd know it right away. >> you'd be able to recognize that person? >> 100%. even now, all these years later. if he walked in right now, i would instantly know. >> did you go to the police? >> no. >> why? >> because i was scared. >> she was scared. but just moments ago at the white house press briefing, raj shah delivering the strongest denial to date in response to those allegations. >> i can speak for only the white house, and i can say categorically and obviously the white house didn't engage in any wrongdoing. the campaign or mr. cohen -- yeah, the campaign or mr. cohen can address anything with respect to their actions. with respect to that interview, i will say the president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims. the only person who's been inconsistent is the one making the claims. >> for more now on this, let's bring in cnn chief political analys