>> The publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media, pushed back on Friday on an explosive report that it paid to bury a story about Donald Trump having affair with the Playboy model. The New Yorker story alleged that President Trump had an affair with Playboy model Karen McDougal that began roughly three months after his wife Melania Trump gave birth to his youngest son Baron.
The magazine's account was based on hand written notes by McDougal, obtained by the magazine. According to the New Yorker's story, American Media paid McDougal 150 grand in 2016 soon after Trump became the Republican Presidential nominee for exclusive rights to her story. And then never published it. The article noted that American media head David Pecker has described Trump as a quote, personal friend.
In his statement to Reuters, American Media said the suggestion it, quote, engages in any practice that would allow it to hold influence over the President of the United States, while flattering, is laughable. Trump allegedly began the affair with McDougal at the same time he was said to be in a relationship with porn star Stephanie Cliffords, also known as Stormy Daniels.
The White House didn't respond to Reuters request for comment, but the New Yorker reported that a White House spokesman said in a statement that Trump denies an affair with McDougal and called it, quote, more fake news. Trump has denied having an affair with Clifford. Reuters has not independently confirmed any of the accusations.