While President Trump greeted religious leaders at the White House Thursday and established a new faith-based office on the National Day of Prayer, many in the press were so focused on the Stormy Daniels scandal that they disrupted the event and offended some attendees.
Moments before the prayer event began, CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins did a live segment on the porn star scandal and received some questioning glances from the crowd.
Slightly awkward moment in the Rose Garden as National Day of Prayer reception guests await the president. All quiet except for the sound a CNN reporter doing piece to camera about Stormy Daniels. Some giggles some questioning glances. pic.twitter.com/OKHlXQsKw9— Andrew Beatty (@AndrewBeatty) May 3, 2018
She tweeted that she was later reprimanded by one of the guests for her reporting.
A guest at the White House for the National Day of Prayer event tells me I am “pitiful and disgusting” for reporting that President Trump reimbursed his attorney for the $130,000 he paid a porn actress. I think you’re gonna have to take that up with Trump, sir.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 3, 2018
As the event was concluding, a reporter shouted a question about Stormy Daniels as the president was leaving.
Reporter shouts a Stormy Daniels question at @POTUS. Prompts a very angry “Shame on you” from an attendee at the National Day of Prayer celebration— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) May 3, 2018
On #WorldPressFreedomDay, the end of a Rose Garden ceremony:— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) May 3, 2018
REPORTER: Mr. President, why are you changing your story on Stormy Daniels?
ATTENDEE: Shame on you
ATTENDEE: Yeah, this is a prayer meeting. Please? Can we finish the prayer meeting please? I'm just asking you nicely
At Day of Prayer in Rose Garden NBC reporter @kwelkernbc shouts ques to @realDonaldTrump asking why he’s changing his “story” on Stormy Daniels. An audience member shouted, “Shame on you. Shame on all of you.” pic.twitter.com/MyiY0XXk36— Lauren Ashburn (@LaurenAshburn) May 3, 2018
President Trump tweeted earlier Thursday about the reimbursements to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, after his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, revealed that Trump had reimbursed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen $130,000 for a payment to Daniels.
Mr. Cohen, an attorney, received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA. These agreements are.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
...very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair,......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
...despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll in this transaction.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018