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lunes, 26 de marzo de 2018

Melania Trump to stay in Florida for ‘spring break’ while Donald Trump returns to Washington

The first family isn’t going to be spending the coming week hand-in-hand. While President Donald Trump returned to Washington on Sunday evening, first lady Melania and their son Barron have opted to stay in Palm Beach, Florida for spring break, as is tradition for the family, according to Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters.

Melania and Barron Trump remained at the Mar-a-Lago resort without the president ahead of a highly anticipated 60 Minutes episode in which former adult film star Stormy Daniels alleged that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

According to the New York Post, Melania and Barron Trump also spent spring break at Mar-a-Lago in 2017, though they had not moved to Washington yet at that point, as Barron was finishing up his school year in New York.

The Interview Heard ‘Round the World

In one of the most hyped television programs of the year, CBS aired a 60 Minutes interview between Daniels and CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Sunday night, just after President Trump left Florida to return to Washington. According to media outlets, this left Melania Trump to watch the special alone, although it is unclear whether she opted to view it.

During the interview, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told Cooper that she and the now-president met at a golf tournament in 2006. After telling her that she might be able to star on an upcoming season of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, Trump allegedly spent the evening with Daniels.

Daniels claims the two engaged in consensual sex that night, and that Trump wanted to do so again months later, though Daniels opted not to.

The president seemed to respond to the interview with a tweet on Monday morning, writing:

Trump & Co. Deny the Accusations

President Trump has repeatedly denied Daniels’ allegations, but one of his lawyers, Michael Cohen, reportedly paid the former adult film star $130,000 in October 2016 in “hush money” in exchange for her signature on a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that would prevent her from sharing her story.

For violating this agreement, Daniels could be fined upwards of $20 million — but her lawyer says the NDA is unenforceable, because Donald Trump himself, who was listed as a party in the suit, never signed it.

The Hill further reported that while Cohen has “acknowledged making the payment,” he maintains that “it had nothing to do with Trump’s presidential campaign and did not violate campaign finance laws.”

According to the 60 Minutes episode, Cohen could be in legal trouble if it is ruled that he acted on behalf of the Trump campaign in giving Daniels the money because the allowed individual contribution to a campaign is just $2,700.

More Allegations

This revelation comes just days after CNN aired an interview with former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claimed to have had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006.

According to The Hill, McDougal apologized “when asked what she would say to the first lady if she had the chance to speak to her now.”

“What can you say except ‘I’m sorry?'” McDougal told Anderson Cooper. “I’m sorry. I wouldn’t want it done to me.”

The White House has denied allegations of this affair as well.

Despite the inconvenient timing, Melania Trump’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, told USA Today that the first lady’s choice to stay “down [in Florida] with her son” had “been planned for some time now,” and was unrelated to the 60 Minutes interview.

Still, celebrity gossip sites continue to pry in hopes of finding more information about the first couple’s private relationship — and they’ve shown no signs of backing down.

The Trump family could certainly use some peace and quiet as they prepare to celebrate the Easter holiday on Sunday, but we aren’t holding our breath.