Donald Trump confirms payment to porn star Stormy Daniels

Donald Trump confirms payment to porn star Stormy Daniels

*WASHINGTON : *President Donald Trump said Thursday that his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, was reimbursed <link>through a monthly retainer for the $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels <link> to stop what Trump called "false and extortionist accusations" about a decade-old affair.

In an extraordinary series of morning tweets, the president confirmed that Cohen <link> entered into a non-disclosure agreement with Daniels, which Trump called "very common among celebrities and people of wealth."

Trump stressed that no campaign funds were used to reimburse Cohen, calling it a "private agreement."

"Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction," Trump wrote.

Trump's explanation on Twitter came the morning after Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor and recent addition to Trump's legal team, acknowledged for the first time that Trump had repaid Cohen - despite Trump's assertion last month that he was unaware of the payment. Giuliani made the comments on the Fox News Channel.

In his tweets Thursday morning, Trump was silent on whether he knew about the payment scheme to Cohen as it was happening.