President Donald Trump on Wednesday labeled efforts by adult film actress Stormy Daniels to locate the man she says threatened her in 2011 on the president’s behalf “a total con job,” sharing a Twitter user’s post suggesting that a composite sketch of the man bears a resemblance to Daniels’ husband.
“A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning, linking to another post with side-by-side photos of the composite sketch, released yesterday by Daniels and her attorney, and a black-and-white photo of Daniels and a man who appears to be Brandon Miller, who is reportedly her third husband.
The black and white photo was posted on Daniels’ Instagram account in February.
Daniels is in the midst of a lawsuit against Trump, suing to void a nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2016 related to a 2006 sexual encounter she claims to have had with the president. The adult film actress has alleged that she and her infant daughter were approached in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 by a man who told her to “leave Trump alone” and “forget the story” of her affair with the president, which she had recently shared in an interview with “In Touch” magazine.
“That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom,” Daniels said the man told her.
In an appearance Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” Daniels and her attorney released the composite sketch and announced a reward of $100,000 for his identity.
Amid the swirl of publicity surrounding Daniels’s lawsuit and allegations, Trump has been uncharacteristically silent, mostly veering away from the subject in posts to Twitter – Wednesday’s tweet appeared to be his first related to Daniels – and addressing it only briefly in an exchange with reporters aboard Air Force One. He has denied having an affair with Daniels and has claimed he did not know of the $130,000 payment his personal lawyer paid her as part of the nondisclosure agreement.