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Stephanie Grisham, communications director for first lady Melania Trump, seemed to be pushing back against Rudy Giuliani’s remark that Trump believes the president’s claims that he did not have an affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.
When asked about Giuliani’s comment by Maggie Haberman, a reporter for The New York Times, Grisham said she did not think the first lady had spoken with the attorney on the subject.
“I don’t believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani,” she said.
Yikes. I asked @FLOTUS spokeswoman @StephGrisham45 about Giuliani saying that she believes her husband re Stormy Daniels. Response: “I don't believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 7, 2018
The disagreement on the subject of Trump’s feelings about the president’s alleged affair comes just one day after Giuliani addressed the Daniels’ allegations in Israel.
In addition to saying the first lady “believes her husband,” the former New York City mayor criticized Daniels for her profession and said that anyone could “just look” at her and know she wasn’t telling the truth.
“I’m sorry I don’t respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation,” he said.
Michael Avenatti, Daniels’ attorney, hit back at Giuliani over the comments, calling him a “misogynist.”
“If any atty for any Fortune 500 co. made the public comments that Giuliani did yesterday (which he affirmed this morning), they would be immediately fired,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter. “Giuliani must be fired by Mr. Trump NOW.”
If any atty for any Fortune 500 co. made the public comments that Giuliani did yesterday (which he affirmed this morning), they would be immediately fired. Giuliani must be fired by Mr. Trump NOW. Otherwise, it sends a message to the world that the comments are acceptable. #BASTA
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 7, 2018
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing President Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen in an effort to get out of a $130,000 hush agreement she signed shortly before the 2016 presidential election.