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Melania spokeswoman responds to report Trump was irate she watched CNN

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  • President Donald Trump was reportedly irate that first
    lady Melania Trump’s TV aboard Air Force One was set to
    CNN.
  • In a statement Wednesday, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham
    said the first lady watches “any channel she wants”, refusing
    to comment on the report directly.
  • Grisham also said it “seems kind of silly to worry
    about” if the first lady heard the tape released by Michael
    Cohen’s attorney on Tuesday night of then-Republican
    presidential candidate Trump and Cohen discussing payments
    to a former Playboy model who claimed she had a sexual
    relationship with Trump years earlier.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a
statement on
Wednesday that the first lady watches “any channel she wants”
after The New York Times
reported
 President Donald Trump
was irate
that her TV aboard Air Force One was set to CNN.

In the statement to CNN’s Kate Bennett, Grisham said it “seems
kind of silly to worry about” if the first lady heard the tape

released by Michael Cohen’s attorney on Tuesday night
of
then-Republican presidential candidate Trump and Cohen
discussing payments to a former Playboy model who claimed
she had a sexual relationship with Trump years earlier.

Trump reportedly fumed during his recent European tour after
staff members violated his rule and didn’t change her TV channel
to Fox News aboard Air Force One, according to the Times report.
White House staffers had apparently set Melania’s TV to CNN
instead of Fox News.

In the statement, Grisham pivoted to neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a disease
where babies are exposed to opiates in the womb when their
mothers take the drugs. The first lady visited a hospital in
Tennessee on Tuesday and participated in a roundtable discussion
about NAS.

“Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on
TV (any channel she wants btw) or if she heard some recording on
the news,” Grisham said.

The president and his advisers have a rule where each trip starts
by tuning into Fox News, according to an email chain between
officials in the White House Military Office and the White House
Communications Agency obtained by The Times.

The email reportedly described the incident as causing “a bit of
a stir” aboard Air Force One, and in it the White House officials
discussed ordering additional TVs so the president and first lady
could watch what they want in their separate hotel rooms when
traveling. The email concluded by saying all TVs should be
set to Fox News in the future, according to the report.

Appearing on CNN Tuesday night, Cohen’s attorney, Lanny
Davis, released the audio of a 2016 conversation
between Cohen and Trump. The two men can be heard discussing
payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who had agreed
to give her story to the National Enquirer in exchange for
$150,000.

Bennett had asked Grisham if the first lady had any comment on
the tape. Melania and Donald Trump’s son was reportedly months old when the alleged affair
began
, according to a New Yorker investigation.

David Choi contributed to this post.

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