President Donald Trump is furious at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her handling of the Stormy Daniels scandal.
According to CNN, Trump is upset at Sanders after she brought up the fact that Trump’s attorneys had won arbitration that granted a temporary restraining order against Daniels to prevent her from publicly discussing their past affair.
CNN says that Trump believes this admission on Sanders’ part didn’t kill the story and instead only gave it “steroids” so it would dominate further news cycles.
From @Acosta: A source close to White House says Trump is upset with @PressSec Sarah Sanders over her handling of Stormy Daniels questions yesterday. “POTUS is very unhappy,” the source said. “Sarah gave the Stormy Daniels storyline steroids yesterday,” the source added.
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) March 8, 2018
NBC News reported on Wednesday that Trump attorney Michael Cohen had been granted a “secret” restraining order against Daniels, who is now claiming that the nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2016 is invalid because Trump himself never signed it.
But Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, said on Wednesday that his client would not be pressured by Cohen into backing off from telling her story:
Earlier today, Mr. Cohen through his attorney, Mr. [Lawrence] Rosen, further threatened my client in an effort to prevent her from telling the truth about what really happened. We do not take kindly to these threats, nor we will be intimidated.
Until Wednesday, the president’s aides have been shutting down all questions about Daniels, denying the allegations, and desperately trying to distance the White House from Daniels’ lawsuit. But everything fell apart when White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tacitly acknowledged that Trump was party to a suit involving Daniels, repeatedly telling reporters that “the arbitration was won in the president’s favor.”
Sanders acknowledged what was meant to be a secret court order, and openly admitted that the agreement involved the president. The statement that the arbitration was won “in the president’s favor” is an admission that the nondisclosure agreement exists and that it directly involves the president.
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