This 1 Thing May Reveal What Melania Trump Really Thinks About the Stormy Daniels Allegations

2018 did not begin well for Donald Trump. Recently, news broke that Trump had an affair with a porn star named Stormy Daniels, even paying her $130,000 to keep quiet. And while many rumors like this are dismissed as hearsay, this one comes with some pretty solid evidence.

Melania Trump has not publicly responded to the allegations or addressed them in any way. But considering the details of the alleged affair and the rumors of the Trumps’ rocky marriage, it’s safe to assume she probably isn’t happy right now.

The initial report

Stormy Daniels was telling people about her affair with Trump years before he became president. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

On January 12, news outlets began reporting the shocking announcement: Donald Trump likely had an affair with a porn star who goes by the name of Stormy Daniels. Of course, the Trump administration immediately denied there was any truth to the rumor. But considering Stormy Daniels herself admitted it to many people before the election, including journalists and personal friends who have confirmed it, the rumors have been tough to dismiss.

Next: The story makes sense. 

The meeting

trump golfing in abderbeen as the press look on

Trump met the porn star at a golf tournament. | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

According to several sources, including Stormy Daniels herself, Daniels and Trump met in 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament in Nevada. Daniels went to his room, and they began a sexual relationship that lasted nearly a year. Trump invited her to a party to promote Trump Vodka, and he also invited her to his 2007 Miss USA pageant. There is photographic evidence of this.

The Trumps got married in 2005, and Melania gave birth to their son, Barron, in March of 2006. So this means Trump would have started the affair shortly after his wife gave birth.

Next: The evidence mounts. 

 The evidence

Daniels received a ton of money from Trump. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The evidence of the Trump-Daniels affair is mostly circumstantial. Daniels confirmed the affair back in 2011, telling several news outlets some of the juicy details– for example, that she was “someone to be reckoned with, beautiful and smart just like his daughter.” Of course, Daniels’ interviews and her friends’ confirming her stories proves nothing. The most damning piece of evidence came from a nonpartisan watchdog group, which discovered that Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, had arranged for a payment of $130,000 to Daniels, apparently to buy her silence about the affair.

The complaint claims that the payment was illegal because it was designed to influence the election and, at 130,000, it exceeds the maximum amount of $2,700 per person allotted under campaign finance law. The source of the $130,000 has also not been revealed. Cohen has called the claim “baseless.”

Next: Melania’s silence

How does Melania feel?

Donald and Melania Trump

Melania has been silent about the allegations. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Melania has yet to release any kind of statement in response to these allegations. This isn’t surprising, given her history of mostly remaining tight-lipped when it comes to her husband’s life. Daniels, however, said in 2011 that she felt bad for Melania, whom Donald told her not to worry about during their trysts.

Next: This could be the biggest clue yet as to how Melania is feeling. 

Actions speak louder than words

Melania Trump boards a plane

Melania did not join her husband on their wedding anniversary this year. | JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Melania may not be speaking up about her husband’s affair, but she did cancel her plans to join him in Davos, Switzerland on January 22, which was the couple’s 13th wedding anniversary. Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s director of communications, claimed it was due to “scheduling and logistical issues,” but offered no further explanation. Given the timing of the cancelation, the announcement raised some suspicions.

Next: Is this a subliminal message to Donald?

Melania stands her ground

Melania Trump heels Texas

The canceled trip is a powerful message from Melania. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Canceling a trip like this is highly unusual for several reasons, according to Historian Kate Andersen Brower, who specializes in America’s first ladies. Brower recalled the time when Hillary Clinton joined her husband at Martha’s Vineyard at the height of his impeachment. Canceling her trip to join her husband is one kind of power that first ladies have over their husbands, Brower said.

Next: It’s what the tweets didn’t say that’s telling. 

The Trumps’ anniversary tweets

a tweet about the first year in office by melania trump

Melania left her husband out of the tweet entirely. | Melania Trump via Twitter.

Donald Trump is known for tweeting almost constantly, but on his wedding anniversary, he remained silent about his marriage, choosing instead to slam Democrats on Twitter regarding the recent government shutdown. This is a sharp contrast from the Obamas, who always acknowledge each other’s birthdays and their anniversary. Melania did tweet on the anniversary of the inauguration, with a photo that didn’t include her husband.

Next: A troubling marriage for the Trumps? 

The ghost of marriages past

Marla Maples and Donald Trump

Trump cheated on his past wives too. | Diane Freed/Getty Images

This is Donald Trump’s third marriage, and he doesn’t exactly have a clean track record–he did leave his first wife for Marla Maples, with whom he was having an affair. And there are many rumors that Donald and Melania’s marriage isn’t exactly perfect, mainly because of his boorish behavior. This leaves the public wondering if the Stormy Daniels affair will be the final straw for the first lady.

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