Melania ‘blindsided’ by porn star story
US FIRST Lady Melania Trump was reportedly "furious" after the news broke about President Trump's alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.
Sources close to the couple told The New York Times that Mrs Trump was "blindsided" by the reports of her husband's supposed cover-up - which included $US130,000 ($160,000) in hush money, paid out to Daniels on the eve of the 2016 election.
She has been trying to stay out of the public eye ever since, the sources said, reports the New York Post.
Mr Trump's alleged tryst with Daniels, if true, would have taken place just months after Mrs Trump gave birth to their son, Barron, in March 2006.
It was first reported by The Wall Street Journal on January 18.
I nTouch Magazine published a follow-up piece a day later, featuring an interview with the porn vixen from 2011, in which she confessed to the hook-up.
We recognize International #HolocaustRemembranceDay so that #WeRemember all the innocent men, women, and children lost. May we continue to educate our children on one of history’s most devastating events and always #AskWhy. pic.twitter.com/dzTQqLmlGA— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) January 27, 2018
Since then, Mrs Trump has cancelled an overseas trip with the president, made an unplanned visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum and even enjoyed some R & R at Mar-a-Lago.
The first lady was reportedly in Florida on Friday while Mr Trump was in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. The impromptu stop in the Sunshine State wound up costing taxpayers about $US64,000 ($79,000), according to the Times.
BREAKING:The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into "main stream media" reporting. She is focused on her family & role as FLOTUS - not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news.— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) January 26, 2018
Mrs Trump has said very little in the days following the WSJ article.
Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, blasted the affair allegations - saying, "The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump by tabloid publications & TV shows has seeped into 'main stream media' reporting ... She is focused on her family & role as FLOTUS - not the unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news."
The first lady is expected to reappear alongside her husband later today during his State of the Union address.
"That is the plan," Ms Grisham said.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission