Stormy Daniels’s attorney on Monday taunted President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE over the ratings for his client's Sunday night interview on “60 Minutes,” stating they "crushed (by millions) any Apprentice show in the last ten years" as well as Trump's own appearance on the program not long after winning the 2016 election.
Since this is what really matters (LOL), the ratings for my client's @stormydaniels appearance on @60minutes last night CRUSHED (BY MILLIONS) any Apprentice show in the last ten years as well as Mr. Trump's Nov 2016 appearance. #priorities https://t.co/JYVODdZKUH— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 26, 2018
The Daniels interview delivered the highest ratings for "60 Minutes" in nearly 10 years, registering 22.06 million viewers, according to preliminary numbers provided by Nielsen Media Research.
The interview, conducted by correspondent Anderson Cooper, who also serves as a CNN host, is on track to go down as the highest-rated for the news magazine since former President Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaWe must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Bidens, former presidents mark 9/11 anniversary MORE's first major interview following the 2008 presidential election, which drew 24.5 million viewers.
For context, Trump's first interview post-election in November 2016 attracted 16.4 million viewers. Vice President Pence joined the president for that sit-down.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is locked in a legal battle with Trump over a $130,000 payment she received weeks before the 2016 election. The adult film star says the payment was part of a nondisclosure agreement regarding an affair she says she had with Trump a decade earlier. Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenetti, argue the document is not valid because Trump never signed it.
The White House has repeatedly denied that claim, with deputy spokesman Raj Shah reiterating the denial during Monday's press briefing.
"The president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims," Shah told reporters. "The only person who has been inconsistent is the one making the claims.”
Shah would not say whether the president watched the interview, but did say that clips of it played Monday morning on cable news programs that the president tends to watch.