The “Morning Joe” panel took a moment Tuesday to play the role of marriage counselor, delving into the personal toll the Stormy Daniels story must be having on the Trump marriage.
British journalist and longtime show regular Katty Kay said things certainly looked bleak.
“This cannot be a particularly easy, happy time for the president in his own marital relations when this is being splashed on the front pages of all the papers,” she said.
“We saw it at the inauguration. It was very chilly between the two of them but we’ve also seen a particular downturn in relations and things the first lady has done, not showing up for things, suddenly changing her travel plans, ever since the beginning of January and that’s exactly when the Stormy Daniels story broke.”
Kay didn’t offer further evidence for her claims of troubles in the Trump marriage beyond her read on its optics. Joe Scarborough, however, seemed to find the argument convincing.
“People forget so often that those who are in politics do have a family and there is a personal impact to this,” said Scarborough. “You just have to think that this really is having a personal impact inside the White House.”
Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, has filmed a much-anticipated interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” in which she is expected to elaborate on her claims. The president has consistently denied the affair, but his lawyer, Michael Cohen, raised eyebrows after admitting he wired Daniels a payment of $130,000 shortly before the 2016 presidential election.