Washington, April 6: US President Donald Trump on Thursday spoke up after two months and denied having any knowledge of payment to porn star Stormy Daniels for her silence. On being asked if he knew about the $130,000 hush money made to Daniels by his lawyer Michael Cohen ahead of the 2016 Presidential elections, Trump gave a flat ‘no’.

Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the name Stormy Daniels, had claimed that she was paid a huge sum of money to stay silent on her affair with Donald Trump before he became US President. Cohen also admitted to making the payment but did not reveal why. Trump said, “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”

On being asked if he knew where the money came from, Trump said, “No, I don’t know.” Challenging Trump’s claims, Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti tweeted: “We very much look forward to testing the truthfulness of Mr. Trump’s feigned lack of knowledge concerning the $130k payment. As history teaches us, it is one thing to deceive the press and quite another to do so under oath.”

Last month, while talking to Anderson Cooper in CBS’s news magazine 60 Minutes, Daniels mentioned that she had a sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006. Daniels said that she was approached by a man when she was on her way to a fitness class.

“A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story’. It was then at that point that the alleged threat of physical violence was made, according to her account,” the adult actor recalled. She added that the man looked at her infant daughter and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”

Soon after the allegations, the White House dismissed Daniels’ claims and said, “The President strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims. The only person who has been inconsistent is the one making the claims. President Trump doesn’t believe that any of the claims that Ms. Daniels made are accurate. There is nothing to corroborate her claim.”