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Melania Trump Posts Snow Photo With President Amid Stormy Daniels Lawsuit Over Alleged Affair

Amid a backdrop of snow and a media storm over her husband’s reported sexual indiscretions, Frist Lady Melania Trump posted a photo of her and President Donald Trump enjoying a very white White House lawn Thursday. It is the first time that the first lady has posted a solo photo of the pair since initial reports that the president’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, had paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 days before the 2016 election to keep quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.

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Since those reports, the first lady has remained quiet about her husband’s alleged infidelities, even as the stories have continued to expand. Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, has filed a lawsuit against Trump seeking to get out of the non-disclosure agreement. She has already recorded an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes that could air on Sunday. In response, Trump has hit Clifford with a lawsuit for $20 million, accusing her of violating the agreement.

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Clifford took a lie-detector test which indicated she was telling the truth when she said she had unprotected sex with Trump.

Recent stories of the president’s sexual indiscretions do not end there, however. Following reports that she also carried on an affair with Trump, former Playboy model Karen McDougal filed a lawsuit this week against the publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid seeking freedom to discuss the alleged affair.

Separately on Tuesday, a judge in New York ruled that a defamation suit against the president filed by a former contestant on the reality show Trump once hosted, The Apprentice¸ could move forward. Summer Zervos has alleged that Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007 and then defamed her, and other accusers, during the campaign when referring to the allegations as “total lies” intended to “steal the election.”

 



While the first lady has kept silent about the lawsuits, there have been suggestions that she was giving the president a frosty reception. Last month, she took a separate motorcade to board Marine One, rather than make the traditional walk across the South Lawn. A few weeks earlier, she arrived separately from her husband to the State of the Union, although the first lady’s spokesperson has claimed the situations were down to logistics rather than attempting to send a message.