Trump Asks Why Cohen Tape on Payments to Playboy Model Was 'Abruptly Terminated'

© AP Photo / Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington - Sputnik International
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Earlier, CNN released an alleged recording of then US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s conversation with his former attorney Michael Cohen, where the two seem to be discussing payments to buy the rights to a Playboy model’s story about her supposed affair with Trump.

Commenting on the released recording of his conversation with his attorney, US President Donald Trump wondered "what kind of a lawyer would tape a client."

Trump's comment followed broadcasts on US news networks of a taped conversation with Cohen over hush-money payments to a former Playboy model who claimed to have had an affair with the American president before he entered politics.

Trump also questioned why Cohen turned ended the recording "while I was presumably asking positive things?"

The recording ended when the two were discussing whether to pay the accuser, Karen McDougal, with cash or by check.

Trump appeared to tell Cohen to pay with a check, which would have created a paper trail of the transaction, although the recording's quality made it somewhat unclear who said what.

READ MORE: Trump Reportedly Stops Releasing Transcripts of Talks With Foreign Leaders

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has repeatedly said that Trump never made any payments on the issue.

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