When Trump asked for a 'number' to support his claims of record approval ratings, Hope Hicks gave him a Tennessee GOP poll: 'I mean, I had to give him something, right?'
Trump "didn't seem to process" that the approval rating he was citing was lower than his ratings among Republicans nationwide, per Mark Leibovich.news.yahoo.com
Stephanie Grisham was irritated by Hope Hicks and accuses her of taking 'the easy way out' after leaving the Trump White House for Fox: book
"In my eyes and the eyes of others who had stayed to deal with all of the craziness, Hope had taken the easy way out," the former White House press secretary said of Hicks' departure for Fox.news.yahoo.com
Lawmakers who met with Giuliani scramble after COVID news
The president on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 confirmed in a tweet that Giuliani had tested positive for the virus. On numerous occasions, Giuliani met with officials for hours at a time without wearing a mask, including hearings last week with state lawmakers in Arizona, Georgia and Michigan. Giuliani spoke for hours last week before a Republican-led committee in Lansing investigating alleged election irregularities. Giuliani traveled last Monday to Phoenix, where he met with Republican legislators for an hourslong hearing in which he was maskless. The Arizona Republican Party tweeted a photo of Giuliani and several state GOP lawmakers standing shoulder-to-shoulder and maskless.
Top Pentagon official tests positive for coronavirus
WASHINGTON – A Pentagon official installed in a top policy job last week has tested positive for COVID-19, the Pentagon said Thursday, just days after he met with the Lithuanian defense minister, who had contracted the virus. Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesperson, said Anthony Tata, who is serving as the undersecretary of defense, was tested Thursday after learning that Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis had tested positive. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tested positive after attending an election night party at the White House. Others who were at the party also tested positive, including White House political director Brian Jack, former White House aide Healy Baumgardner and Trump campaign advisers David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski. The assistant commandant of the Marine Corps later also tested positive, and all the chiefs were forced to quarantine at home for at least 10 days.
Trump plays down virus as he steps up pitch for second term
And the days when Vice President Mike Pence and other task force officials would head to Trump’s office to brief him immediately after their meetings. The White House won’t say when Trump last met with the task force. National and battleground public opinion polls suggest that Trump faces stiff headwinds in his bid for a second term. Public health experts say that by refusing to wear masks, Trump and his advisers are missing an opportunity to model behavior that is essential to keep the rest of America safe. Trump’s interest in engaging with Fauci and other top medical officials on the coronavirus task force waned long ago.
Sen. Kamala Harris suspends travel after staffer tests COVID-19 positive
Bidens presidential campaign says Harris will suspend in-person events until Oct. 19, after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for coronavirus. According to Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, the campaign learned late Wednesday that two people associated with the operation had tested positive for the coronavirus. And as Trump returns to aggressive campaign travel before massive, often unmasked crowds, the Biden campaign reinforced its commitment to following public health guidelines. Since then, the White House has repeatedly declined to say how many staffers have tested positive, citing privacy concerns. The White House has not notified reporters, Secret Service agents or Trump campaign staffers who may have been exposed during the outbreak.
Why won't White House say when Trump last tested negative?
White House director of communications Alyssa Farah waves after speaking with reporters at the White House, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in Washington. “Yeah, I’m not going to give you a detailed readout with timestamps every time the president’s tested," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters last weekend. And the White House refusal to answer makes it hard not to wonder what they're hiding, given other details they've shared. Senior White House staff and those who are in direct contact with the president are tested for the virus daily. What about Sept. 27, when he visited his golf course in Sterling, Virginia, held a late afternoon news conference in the White House briefing room, and held an evening reception for Gold Star families on the White House state floor?
BuzzFeed pulls White House reporter over coronavirus concern, saying Trump aides largely not wearing masks
Members of the White House press corps work outside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. BuzzFeed News pulled its political reporter out of the White House press pool on Wednesday, saying that Trump administration aides in the facility have "largely not worn masks" or abided by other basic coronavirus protections. The news site's decision to withdraw journalist Kadia Goba from the press pool came after images showed White House aides standing outside the White House not wearing masks. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Trump aide Hope Hicks and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany all have tested positive for Covid-19 since last Thursday, along with multiple other people connected to the White House and the president. Politico reporter Meridith McGraw was dispatched to the White House to replace Goba in the press pool.cnbc.com
Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two deputies test positive for coronavirus
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and two of her deputies have tested positive for the coronavirus as President Donald Trump remains hospitalized with the virus. It was not clear when Gilmartin, who is principal assistant press secretary, and Leavitt, who is assistant press secretary, tested positives for Covid-19. In addition, at least three journalists who were at the White House over the past week have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the White House Correspondents Association. Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary, left, and Chad Gilmartin, principal assistant White House press secretary, arrive to a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. on Thursday, July 16, 2020. "I definitely had no knowledge of Hope Hicks' diagnosis prior to holding a White House press briefing on Thursday," McEnany tweeted Monday.cnbc.com
Pres. Trump declares ‘I get it,’ then briefly leaves hospital
Still, the doctors said Trump’s health is improving and that he could be discharged as early as Monday. In a short video released by the White House on Sunday, Trump insisted he understood the gravity of the moment. It was the second straight day of obfuscation from a White House already suffering from a credibility crisis. He was evasive about the timing of Trump oxygen drops. At the time of the briefing, Trump’s blood oxygen level was 98% — within normal rage, Trump’s medical team said.
Trump, stricken by COVID-19, flown to military hospital
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – Stricken by COVID-19, a feverish and fatigued President Donald Trump was flown to a military hospital Friday night where he was given remdesivir following treatment with an experimental drug at the White House. Also testing positive: Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien. “President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” said press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Very early Friday, after returning from the Thursday afternoon New Jersey fundraiser, Trump stunningly tweeted, "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Friday confirmed that the White House knew Hope Hicks, the aide, had tested positive before Trump attended the fundraiser.
THE LATEST: White House doctor says President Trump doing ‘very well’ at hospital; Senate cancels work as lawmakers contract virus
11:20 a.m. -- Trump’s doctor to give update on conditionThe White House says President Donald Trump’s doctor provided an update on his condition Saturday morning. President Donald Trump’s doctor says he is doing “very well” as he spends the weekend at a military hospital for treatment of COVID-19. 11:35 p.m. — The White House physician says his medical team has “elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy” for President Donald Trump. ___11:55 a.m.First lady Melania Trump says she is experiencing “mild symptoms” after she and President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said President Trump was also experiencing mild symptoms, but continues to work from the White House residence as he quarantines.
Cavalier White House approach to COVID catches up to Trump
Crowds of people gathered shoulder to shoulder on the White House South Lawn. Instead, he flouted his own government’s guidelines and helped create a false sense of invulnerability in the White House, an approach that has now failed him as it did a nation where more than 200,000 people have died. And their use, while technically required, wasn’t enforced in the White House either. Even in the hours after the president’s diagnosis, senior White House staff, including chief of staff Mark Meadows and economic adviser Larry Kudlow, walked around the White House complex without wearing masks. The White House, even now, says the face coverings are a matter of “personal choice” for most staffers.
Trump's whirlwind week, disdain for masks, ended with COVID
Chris Christie, seen in an AP photo with his arm around another guest while chatting up several face to face, announced his positive virus test this weekend. Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, who attended the debate and helped him prepare with Christie, has tested positive for COVID-19. White House officials said they began learning of Hicks’ positive test after Trump boarded Marine One to start his journey to New Jersey. Despite the abject failure to keep the president protected from the virus, White House officials defended their current protocols as well thought out. And masks still won't be required on the White House grounds for all West Wing employees.
Photos: Timeline of President Trump’s appearances over the last week
President Trump’s positive test came just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest advisors, had tested positive Thursday after several days of traveling with the president. With just a month to go until the election, President Trump had a busy schedule during the week the coronavirus hit home with him. Here’s a look at last week’s appearances by President Trump. Hicks tested positive for Covid-19 the next day. Chris Christie, left, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani listen to President Trump during a briefing at the White House on Sunday.latimes.com
From Trump's taxes to virus: News moves at breakneck pace
Then, just as quickly, they receded into memory with the revelation Friday that Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta called it “a bit unsettling.”Meanwhile, the White House Correspondents Association said three journalists there tested positive for COVID on Friday. All had covered White House events last weekend. Then, at 12:54 a.m. Eastern, the president tweeted that both of them were positive. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was asked pointedly why he was not wearing a mask when he briefed reporters Friday afternoon.
Pentagon says no state of alert change after Trump tests positive for coronavirus
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Friday there were no changes to the Defense Department's state of alert as the world reacted to the news of President Donald Trump's positive coronavirus test results. Trump announced early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley met with Trump at the White House on Sunday for a Gold Star Families event. Esper tested negative for coronavirus on Monday and again on Wednesday. Health experts say that even with a negative test, it is wise to isolate for 48 hours after exposure.cnbc.com
Trump COVID-19: What if a candidate dies before an election?
The Constitution restricts the president and vice president to four-year terms. Those allowed inside the debate hall tested negative for COVID-19 before entering, according to the clinic. “Individuals traveling with both candidates, including the candidates themselves, had been tested and tested negative by their respective campaigns,” the clinic said in a statement. The vice presidential debate on Oct. 7 will continue as scheduled, according to Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates. The former vice president tested negative twice on Friday.latimes.com
Trump isn't the first sitting U.S. president to contract a potentially deadly virus in the middle of a pandemic — so did Woodrow Wilson in 1918
President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has tested positive for Covid-19, and he isn't the first sitting president to contract a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus in the middle of a pandemic. Trump tweeted overnight that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus after the White House confirmed that aide Hope Hicks had tested positive and had some symptoms. The announcement came hours after the administration confirmed that White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Unlike today, Wilson did not get sick during his reelection, Markel said. Well then the elected vice president becomes president."cnbc.com
5 things for Houstonians to know for Friday, Oct. 2
Here are things you need to know for Friday, Oct. 2:1. President Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. You know the feeling when you’re trying to get some work done online and you lose your internet connection for a few minutes? Carnival Cruise Line cancels all cruises set to sail out of Galveston for 2020 due to COVID-19 concernsIf you were looking to catch a Carnival cruise out of Galveston soon, you’ll have to wait. On Thursday, Carnival Cruise Line stated that some of its cruises from all U.S. homeports, except Miami and Port Canaveral, are canceled for November and December due to COVID-19 concerns.
Vice President Mike Pence and second lady test negative for coronavirus following Trump's positive diagnosis
Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence have tested negative for the coronavirus, Pence's spokesman said Friday, hours after President Donald Trump announced he and the first lady tested positive. "Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery," Devin O'Malley, the vice president's press secretary, said in a tweet. "As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is fourth in the line of succession, said Friday he tested negative. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is fifth in line, also tested negative, according to a tweet from his spokeswoman.cnbc.com
Dr. Scott Gottlieb sees antiviral remdesivir as best coronavirus treatment should Trump need one
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA chief in the Trump administration, told CNBC on Friday that White House doctors are "probably considering" whether to give President Donald Trump remdesivir, Gilead Sciences' the antiviral drug approved for treating Covid-19 under emergency use authorization. ET that he and the 50-year-old first lady tested positive for Covid-19, hours after the president said he would begin a quarantine process after the 31-year-old Hicks' positive test. Gottlieb said the White House is likely to "cast a wide net" on tracing whom the president came into contact. Pence and the second lady, Karen Pence, tested negative, the White House announced Friday. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden tweeted Friday morning: "Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery.cnbc.com
Trump, first lady positive for virus; he has ‘mild symptoms’
First lady Melania Trump also tested positive, the president said, and several others in the White House have, too, prompting concern that the White House or even Trump himself might have spread the virus further. Also testing positive: Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien. “President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” said press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Friday confirmed that the White House knew Hope Hicks, the aide, had tested positive before Trump attended the fundraiser. An RNC official confirmed Friday that Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel learned she had tested positive Wednesday afternoon.
What Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis could mean for markets
LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed early Friday that he had tested positive for coronavirus, in an announcement that looks likely to spark volatility across global markets. The president revealed on Twitter in the early hours that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted Covid-19, just two hours after revealing that close aide Hope Hicks had tested positive. Trump added: "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. Dow futures plunged more than 450 points on the news and were down by 355 points as of 3:10 a.m. He added that Trump's diagnosis would focus investors' minds on the coronavirus pandemic once again.cnbc.com
Stocks end bumpy day lower after Trump's positive virus test
Stocks are pulling lower Friday, as Wall Street's first reaction to President Donald Trump's testing positive for the coronavirus was to retrench. By the end of the day, it had trimmed its loss to 1%, down 32.38 points at 3,348.42. The Dow Jones Industrial Average swung from a loss of 433 points to a gain of 44 points through the day. Stock futures and Treasury yields tumbled after Trump tweeted overnight that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. The White House also said Trump had been injected with an experimental antibody drug combination for the virus made by Regeneron.
President Donald Trump says he and first lady have tested positive for coronavirus
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were in Cleveland on Tuesday for the first presidential debate. They have since tested positive for the new coronavirus. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for the coronavirus,” the president tweeted just before 1 a.m. Eastern time. After White House officials learned of Hicks’ symptoms, Trump and his entourage flew to New Jersey, where he attended a fundraiser and delivered a speech. “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for the coronavirus 19.
President Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19, he has ‘mild symptoms’
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is experiencing “mild symptoms” of COVID-19 after revealing Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. Trump had consistently played down concerns about being personally vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, even after White House staff and allies were exposed and sickened. On July 3rd, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is dating Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., tested positive in South Dakota before an Independence Day fireworks show at Mount Rushmore. In July, Trump National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien tested positive.
President Trump, first lady Melania test positive for coronavirus
President Donald Trump announced early Friday he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus, plunging the United States into further upheaval and uncertainty just over a month away from Election Day. Vice President Mike Pence, who is next in line for the presidency, and his wife tested negative, the White House announced later Friday. The White House physician said the president and first lady were "both well" at the moment. Previously, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro had tested positive for coronavirus and survived, as did Britain's Prince Charles. The announcement came hours after the president said he would begin a quarantine process after top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus.cnbc.com
President Trump and first lady test positive for the coronavirus
President Trump said early Friday that he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus. “We will get through this TOGETHER!”Trump’s positive test came just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest advisors, had tested positive Thursday after several days of traveling with the president. Shortly after Trump’s shocking tweet, the White House appeared to cancel the president’s rally in Orlando, Fla., on Friday night, removing it from an updated schedule. And Trump’s positive test could force several senior campaign and White House aides into quarantine with just more than a month left before the election. Among them: Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Tiffany Trump, Lara Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and the first lady.latimes.com
Top White House aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus
WASHINGTON (AP) – Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s closest aides, has tested positive for the coronavirus after spending time in close proximity to him this week. She is the most senior White House official to test positive so far. She originally served as White House as communications director, and re-joined the administration this year as an adviser ahead of the election. Multiple White House staffers have tested positive for the virus, including Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, and one of the president’s personal valets. After earlier positive cases close to the president, the White House instituted a daily testing regimen for the president’s senior aides.
Trump says he will quarantine after top aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus
President Donald Trump said late Thursday night that he and the first lady would begin a quarantine process after top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus. After NBC News and other outlets reported on Hicks' positive test, Trump himself confirmed it Thursday night in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity. "She did test positive. She tested positive. Two weeks from Thursday is Oct. 15, the date of the second presidential debate between Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden.cnbc.com
Trump in ‘quarantine process’ after top aide gets COVID-19
Hours before Trump announced he had contracted the virus, the White House said a top aide who had traveled with him during the week had tested positive. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. But Trump has consistently played down concerns about being personally vulnerable, even after White House staff and allies were exposed and sickened. Pence's aides had no immediate comment on whether the vice president had been tested or in contact with Trump. Anyone in close proximity to the president or vice president is also tested every day, including reporters.
U.S. stock futures and global shares fall on Trump's COVID news
U.S. and European stock futures and Asian shares fell Friday after President Donald Trump said he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the new coronavirus. "To say this potentially could be a big deal is an understatement," Rabobank said in a commentary. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020Trading in Asia was thin, with markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong closed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continued their talks on Thursday, but no breakthrough arrived before stock trading ended on Wall Street. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 0.66% from 0.67% late Thursday.cbsnews.com
Daywatch: Trump tests positive for COVID-19, inside Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan’s job machine and a guide to the Midwest’s fall foliage
Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks had come down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week. Trump was last seen by reporters returning to the White House on Thursday evening and looked to be in good health. Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has now killed more than 205,000 people nationwide.chicagotribune.com
The Latest: Trump in debate prep before faceoff with Biden
President Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
The Latest: Trump interrupts Biden, Biden calls him a clown
___10:20 p.m.President Donald Trump has sidestepped a question from moderator Chris Wallace about whether he was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden has gotten off to an contentious start, breaking down after just a few moments with Trump interrupting Biden on several occasions and Biden calling the president a clown and a liar. Biden made the comment during Tuesday night’s debate after President Donald Trump accused him of supporting abolishing private insurance. ___2:15 p.m.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, have released more of their personal tax returns ahead of the first presidential debate. ___12:30 p.m.President Donald Trump spent Tuesday morning in informal preparations for the first debate with Joe Biden.
Facing electoral headwinds, Trump brings back 2016 team
NEW YORK As anyone who has ever heard him speak knows, President Donald Trump loves to relive 2016. Our latest staff additions are making Team Trump even stronger and solidify Brads leadership.In the last week, the Trump campaign hired Jason Miller, communications director in 2016, to focus on strategy and coordinate between the campaign and the White House. And some of Trumps 2016 team never left: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the presidents daughter and son-in-law, are senior advisers. Kellyanne Conway, the presidents final 2016 campaign manager, remains a senior White House counselor. That includes Bannon, who remains supportive of Trump after a messy exit from the White House, and Keith Schiller, Trumps longtime security man.
Trump favorite Hope Hicks will return to the White House as aide to Jared Kushner
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks, a favorite former aide of President Donald Trump's, is rejoining the administration to work for the president's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Hicks, 31, was hired as the chief communications officer at Fox after she left the White House in April 2018. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Hicks will serve as "counselor to the president and senior advisor, working for Jared Kushner's office." Kushner told NBC News in a statement: "There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump's agenda than Hope Hicks. Hicks had been dating former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who at the time had been accused of spousal abuse.cnbc.com
Sarah Sanders joins Fox News as contributor
(CNN) - Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has joined Fox News as a contributor, the network announced on Thursday. Sanders, who exited the White House in June, will make her debut before a live studio audience episode of "Fox & Friends" on Sept. 6. Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director, joined Fox Corporation in 2018 as executive vice president and chief communications officer. And in July, Raj Shah, the former White House deputy press secretary, joined Fox Corporation as a senior vice president. Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News, joined the White House in 2018 in a top communications role.
Ex-Trump aide Hicks denies involvement in hush money talks: lawyer
The new material cited several phone calls involving Hicks in support of the application. That evening, Hicks initiated what would become a four-minute, three-way call with Trump and Cohen, according to the document. Before Oct. 8, Cohen had not spoken on the phone with Hicks for at least several weeks, the document said. Cohen had at least two more calls that evening with Hicks before the Journal story was published online, the FBI document said. The next morning, Cohen sent a text message to Hicks saying he felt the Journal story was getting little to no traction.Same, Hicks texted back.feeds.reuters.com
Unsealed FBI evidence shows calls between Trump and Michael Cohen around time of 'Access Hollywood' tape release, deal with Stormy Daniels
Cohen learned around the same time that porn star Stormy Daniels was considering going public with her claim that she had sex with Trump. Cohen has said he paid her $130,000, at Trump's behest, in October 2016 to avoid Daniels going public with her allegation. The Access Hollywood reference is to a tape of Trump talking in 2005 to that NBC show's then-host Billy Bush in lewd terms about women. Hicks was interviewed by the FBI about the phone calls with Cohen, the documents indicate. Cohen personally paid Daniels $130,000 through a shell company he created, and later was reimbursed by Trump.cnbc.com