Melania 'blindsided' by porn star story

Melania Trump's arrangement meant that Air Force jets had to ferry her between New York Washington and West Palm Beach

The first lady has had by many accounts a hard start to 2018, facing myriad news stories about a dalliance her husband allegedly had with porn star Stormy Daniels. The records, obtained by the Wall Street Journal, cover the inauguration through April of previous year, in which "Air Force jets made at least 19 trips to LaGuardia Airport in NY and nine trips to Florida's Palm Beach International Airport to drop off or pick up Mrs. Trump".

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump, told the Journal: "It is no secret that Mrs. Trump lived in New York City the first few months of the administration so that her son could finish school". The timeline from all the reporting suggests that President Trump's alleged affair with Daniels took place months after Melania gave birth to their son Barron.

The Wall Street Journal on January 12 detailed an alleged $130,000 payment made just before the 2016 election to adult film star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her quiet about a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

According to the New York Times, the news of the alleged affair and payoff had left Melania "furious" with her husband, which was why she chose to keep a low profile. In an archaic (and borderline sexist descriptor), the New York Times has labeled the SOTU the "most high-profile appearance of the year for first ladies", but hey, considering her spa day, I expect Melania will at least be looking very refreshed for her big moment.

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CNN notes she did not appear at two dinners hosted by her husband at Mar-a-Lago during a trip in mid-January. After the report came out, Melania Trump's office announced she would not be accompanying the president to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. However, they could be making something of nothing.

A spokesperson for Melania Trump said earlier this week that recent reports about the Trumps' marriage are "salacious" and "unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news".

The first lady has not addressed any of the reports about her, her husband or Daniels and it's highly unlikely that she will.

The White House has confirmed that Melania Trump will attend the State of the Union later today, despite a series of trip cancellations.

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