Stephen Colbert (AP/Chris Pizzello)

Stephen Colbert found the one thing Trump won't put his name on

From hotels to airplanes to steaks, the president has inked his famous last name on every product you can think of


Shira Tarlo
March 8, 2018 5:53PM (UTC)

The presidency is one of the most recent things Donald Trump put his name on. From hotels to airplanes to steaks, the business mogul has inked his famous last name on almost every product you can think of over the years. Though most Trump-branded merchandise is not produced by the president himself, he eagerly licenses his name – and often takes credit where credit isn't fully due.

Leave it to Stephen Colbert to finally identify one thing that the president isn't keen to slap his name on – and he was quick to point it out on his show Wednesday night.

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Referring to the lawsuit adult film star and director Stormy Daniels filed against President Trump on Tuesday, in which she claims the president never signed the nondisclosure agreement that was given to her after the two had intimate relations, Colbert flagged this as the one thing Trump had seemingly refused to add his name to.

"So this is the thing Trump thought was too sketchy to put his name on?" the late night host joked. "What about Trump University or Don Jr.?"

Stephanie Clifford – known professionally as Stormy Daniels – alleges that Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen paid her $130,000 in "hush money" to sign the agreement. According to NBC News, she claims it was signed by Cohen but never by the president himself. The agreement – and a side letter agreement – were allegedly both signed by Daniels and Cohen on Oct. 28, 2016 – mere days before Trump's election as president.

The "hush agreement," as it's called in the suit, refers to Trump as "David Dennison" and Clifford as "Peggy Peterson." In the side letter agreement, the identity of David Dennison is concealed, but Clifford's attorney, Michael Avenatti, claims Dennison is Trump.

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Trump has not publicly addressed the alleged affair or the agreement, but White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did. The president is reportedly "very unhappy" with Sanders, who yesterday became the first White House staffer to admit that an agreement involving Trump existed. "Sarah gave the Stormy Daniels storyline steroids yesterday," a source told CNN.


Shira Tarlo

Contact Shira Tarlo at shira.tarlo@salon.com. Follow @shiratarlo.

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