During an appearance on CNN’s New Day, Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) suggested that President Donald Trump orchestrated hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 campaign out of love and loyalty to his family, according to Mediaite.
Host John Berman asked the senator if it concerned him that Trump would be conducting such personal business while holding office — a revelation brought about by Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Cohen produced copies of personal checks signed by the president in 2017, while he was in office, that Cohen claims were to reimburse him for the payment to Daniels.
“This is a jarring juxtaposition, he’s conducting business with porn stars as he’s conducting business,” Berman said before asking, “Are you concerned about this?”
“I think most of us have a concern any time you have a president who is trying to work through some very personal matters,” Rounds began. “I honestly think this president loves his family, and I think it has as much to do with trying not to have public discussions about something that is, for him, a private matter that he didn’t want to have discussed with his family.”
In case he had not been clear, Rounds continued: “I think he really does care about his family. I think he loves his family. And I don’t think he wanted his family to go through this.”
Mediaite wraps it up well:
“So Rounds’ reasoning for why the president signed off hush money payments to an adult film star with whom he is alleged to have an extra-marital affair was because of love and loyalty for his wife and family. Got it.”