According to Republican Senator Mike Rounds (SD), the hush money payments Donald Trump made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election were done because he only wants to protect his family who he loves dearly.
Rounds made the comments during an appearance on CNN’s New Day when he was asked by host John Berman if he’s okay with the fact that Trump was paying off a former mistress while at the same time “conducting presidential business.”
Rounds replied that most people would “have a concern anytime you have a president who is trying to work through some very personal matters.”
Republican Sen. Mike Rounds, asked on CNN whether he's OK with Trump's hush payments to women who claim to have had sexual affairs with the president, says Trump "loves his family" and he calls the payments "a private matter that he didn't want to have discussed with his family." pic.twitter.com/PhT44A4CZM
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“I honestly think this president loves his family,” he continued. “I think it has as much to do with trying not to have public discussions about something that is, for him, a private matter that he didn’t want to have discussed with his family. I think that’s a lot of it.”
“I think he really does care about his family,” Rounds added. “I think he loves his family and I don’t think he wanted his family to go through this.”
Berman than pointed out that there are “people who have testified that part of those payoffs, though, were to influence the election. You do know that that is something that the Southern District of New York has alleged.”
“I’m not going to try to litigate that today,” Rounds replied.
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