Melania Trump’s spokeswoman is criticizing the media for spreading “salacious” gossip about the first lady, following reports that she has distanced herself from President Trump since learning he paid hush money to a porn star. Melania was supposed to accompany the president to last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, but dropped out after The Wall Street Journal reported that her husband’s lawyer paid $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, aka “Stormy Daniels,” to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. That encounter reportedly took place a few months after Melania gave birth to their son, Barron. Neither of the Trumps made any mention of their 13th wedding anniversary last week, and on the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, Melania tweeted out a photo of herself from that day standing with a military escort—but with no mention of the president. When the porn star story became public, the DailyMail.com reported, the first lady fled to a “posh D.C. hotel” for a few nights, then flew to Mar-a-Lago. “It’s been upsetting and humiliating,” a source said. Melania attended her husband’s State of the Union address this week, but traveled to the Capitol separately along with some guests.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has likewise dismissed as “disgusting” rumors that she and Trump are having an affair. Author Michael Wolff set social media alight two weeks ago when he claimed he was “sure” Trump is currently cheating on Melania in the White House—and that he’d left a huge clue identifying the president’s supposed lover in his best-selling tell-all, Fire and Fury. Twitter users pointed to Haley as one potential paramour, citing Wolff’s claim in his book that she was spending “a notable amount of private time” with Trump on Air Force One. Haley called the speculation “highly offensive.” A few days later, Haley criticized producers of this year’s highly politicized Grammy Awards for airing a segment featuring famous people—including Hillary Clinton—reading excerpts of Wolff’s book. “Don’t ruin great music with trash,” tweeted Haley. ■