Trump gave the green light for a five-figure expenditure to monitor media coverage the day after he was sued by porn star Stormy Daniels. Since then, millions have learned the details of his affair.
After porn star Stormy Daniels sued him, Trump authorized an expenditure of over $27,000 in tax dollars to track media coverage for public relations purposes. This use of public money coincides with millions of Americans learning the details of his affair.
TMZ reports that they obtained Federal Procurement documents that show a March 7 authorization by the Executive Office of the President.
The payment was in the amount of $27,075 to TVEyes, which is a service that tracks news stories on television, radio and in print. The expenditure was described in the filings as "SUPPORT - MANAGEMENT: PUBLIC RELATIONS."
The Trump administration has made payments to TVEyes before, but the last time one was authorized was for $9,504 in Feb. 2017.
This five-figure payment was made a day after Daniels filed suit against Trump, requesting that the confidentiality agreement she signed be invalidated.
Daniels was given $130,000 on the eve of the 2016 election to prevent her from discussing the affair she had with Trump. The agreement was arranged with Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney.
Daniels has alleged that the agreement is invalid because Trump did not sign it.
Millions of Americans learned the embarrassing and sordid details of Trump's affair when Daniels spoke to Anderson Cooper about it on 60 Minutes.
Trump has not spoken at length about the allegations and instead has denied them through his lawyers and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Additionally, after meeting with Trump, loyalists like disgraced former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski have attacked Daniels' character in media appearances.
The issue is clearly top of mind for Trump, who recently discussed it with boxing promoter Don King during a private dinner at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
King told the Washington Post that Trump nodded in approval after King said, "The top story, number one, is Stormy Daniels."
The revelation that Trump authorized a five-figure media relations expenditure right as the story began to pick up steam and take on a legal angle could suggest that he is taking "the top story" extremely seriously.