Here's how Donald Trump could have just helped Stormy Daniels' legal case

Stormy Daniels 60 Minutes

President Donald Trump responded for the first time on Thursday to questions about a payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. "You'll have to ask Michael", Trump said.

Cohen and the White House have said that Trump denies the affair, and that Trump was unaware of the payment, which Cohen said he made from his own pocket.

Trump said he did not know why Cohen made the payment.

That reporter then asked: "Did you ever set up a fund of money that he could pull from?"

Trump walked back to the press galley on Air Force One as he returned from West Virginia on Thursday and answered a few questions from reporters. "You'll have to ask Michael". Michael is my attorney.

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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she received threats to her physical safety if she spoke out, and that she received a $130,000 payment to keep quiet just before the 2016 presidential election.

Ms Daniels claims she had a sexual encounter with the president in 2006 and was paid as part of a nondisclosure agreement she is seeking to invalidate.

In the second tweet, Avenatti basically thanked Trump for helping his case, saying "You can't have an agreement when one party claims to know nothing about it", adding #thanksforplaying.

So, is Trump hanging Cohen out to dry as a strategic move, or is the president simply (and finally) giving into temptation by talking freely on the subject?