Trump Mocks Sketch of Man Who Allegedly Threatened Stormy Daniels

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Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, outside the federal court in New York on Monday.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump turned to Twitter early on Wednesday to dismiss the sketch of the man a pornographic actress claims threatened her years ago on his behalf. It was just the second time the president weighed in on the subject after weeks of frenzied news media coverage.

The president mocked the sketch, which the pornographic actress, Stephanie Clifford (known as Stormy Daniels) released on Tuesday. His tweet accompanied a post from another Twitter user, who said the man looked like Ms. Clifford’s former husband.

“A total con job,” Mr. Trump wrote in his first ever Twitter post related to Ms. Clifford, who has said she had an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006. In making fun of the sketch, Mr. Trump shared it with his more than 50 million Twitter followers.

Mr. Trump’s representatives have denied that the two had an affair.

Ms. Clifford says the man in the sketch threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 while she was with her infant daughter.

“A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl, it would be a shame if something happened to her mom,’ ” Ms. Clifford said in March during an interview aired on “60 Minutes.”

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A drawing released by Michael Avenatti, Ms. Clifford’s lawyer, purporting to show the man who threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011.

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Michael Avenatti, via Associated Press

Ms. Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, are offering a $131,000 award for the person who identifies the man in the sketch.

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