President Trump announced during an interview with Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan on Tuesday night that he fully intended to make Stormy Daniels pay his legal fees after the judge dropped her defamation suit.
The Daily Caller reports,
The lawsuit centered on a tweet from the president wherein he claimed that the man Daniels alleges threatened her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump was “nonexistent.”
Federal Judge S. James Otero ruled the president’s tweet was not defamation, but “rhetorical hyperbole,” and dismissed the case.
During the interview with Regan, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti, came up in conversation in regards to his potential presidential run in 2020, and the back and forth then went to the case being dropped.
Trump said, “I think that — oh, I don’t think he’s a serious person. He’s not. I don’t think Avenatti — the lawyer? I don’t think he’s — I just beat him in a big case.”
Regan responded, “You did — by the way, you’re going to have her pay the legal fees?”
“In fact, he has to pay me legal fees,” Trump added. “I don’t think he has any money. But he and she have to pay me a lot of legal fees and it’s based on-.”
“And you’ll hold them to that?” Regan asked.
“Are you, are you serious? Of course. Wouldn’t you be disappointed if I said no? They’ll pay a lot,” the president concluded.