Karen McDougal Opens Up About Ten Month Long Relationship With Donald Trump

by Asfa Shakeel

Karen McDougal, former Playboy Bunny, sat down with Anderson Cooper this Thursday to talk in detail about her ten month long relationship with Donald Trump!

McDougal and Trump met during the taping of an episode, The Apprentice, in the Playboy Mansion. Hugh Hefner threw a pool party for the show’s participants, and McDougal was one of the hired playmates.

[Scroll down to Watch Karen McDougal’s full interview.]

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Karen McDougal during Movieline’s Hollywood Life 7th Annual Young Hollywood Awards in Hollywood, California, United States. (Source: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

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Hugh Hefner, George Maloof, Christine Santiago, Karen McDougal, Julie Cialini. (Source: Denise Truscello/WireImage)

At the time of the party, Trump had been married to Melania for two years and his son Baron was only a few months old.

At the end of the party, Trump asked for McDougal’s number and they met a week later on his birthday, and consistently since as they began an affair.

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US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, greet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife Lucy Turnbull of Australia in the Oval Office. (Source: Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)

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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner poses with playmates Carrie Stevens, Kalin Olson, Karen McDougal and Deanna Brooks on at the Playboy Mansion. (Source: Vince Bucci/Newsmakers)

The story was bought by American Media, Inc four days before the 2016 elections, the Wall Street Journal reported. AMI, which owns The National Inquirer, paid $150,000 for exclusive rights to the story and never published it. The CEO of AMI, David Pecker, is one of Trump’s close friends.

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U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump depart the White House in Washington D.C., the United States. (Source: Xinhua/Ting Shen)

Due to the nature of the agreement, McDougal was never able to talk about her experience, but made some comments during an interview with The New Yorker, which first launched the story in February 2018.

Now, she has sat down for a detailed interview with Anderson Cooper, giving previously unknown details about the relationship she and the President had.

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Karen McDougal, Playboy Playmate of the Year 1998 attend Playboy’s Super Saturday Night Party presented by Bacardi at Sagamore Hotel. (Source: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Bacardi)

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Ivanka Trump attends a forum dubbed the Generation Next Summit at the White House. (Source: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

She talked about how the President spoke a lot about his daughter Ivanka. She said he once called her beautiful ‘like Ivanka’.

Karen said, “You know, he’s very proud of Ivanka as he should be. She’s a brilliant woman, she’s beautiful, you know, that’s his daughter and he should be proud of her. He said I was beautiful like her and, you know, ‘you’re a smart girl’ and there wasn’t a lot of comparing but there was some, yeah, I heard a lot about her.”

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Ivanka Trump participates in a bipartisan round table discussion on sex trafficking with members of Congress. (Source: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

She said that he only brought Melania up once, mentioning that she was really intelligent, and never mentioned newborn son Baron at all, apart from talking about how the name Baron was a good choice.

She also described how after the pool party where they had initially met, the President invited her to The Beverly Inns Hotel, where he took her to his private bungalow for dinner, after which they were intimate. She described being extremely shocked when Trump tried to pay her afterwards.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump return to the White House after their stay at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. (Source: Chris Kleponis – Pool/Getty Images)

While giving an account of the incident, she said, “Well, after we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and I actually didn’t know how to take that.”

She added, “I mean, I just had this look of, I don’t know, just, I don’t even know how to describe it, the look on my face must have been so sad because, I had never been offered money like that before, number one, but number two, I thought does he think I’m in this for money or why I’m here tonight or is this a normal thing, I didn’t know but I looked at him and I said ‘That’s not me, I’m not that kind of girl’ and he said, ‘Oh, you’re really special.'”

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Karen McDougal during 7th Annual Playboy Golf Scramble Championship Finals at Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley, California, United States. (Source: Enos Solomon/FilmMagic)

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Karen McDougal during Miramax Films, Archie Comics and Kitson Launch New Apparel Line Featuring “Betty & Veronica” at Kitson Retail Store in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Source: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

She also talked about being very careful of his privacy. Cooper mentioned how she never wrote down his full name in her journal entries, and she said, “I either called him T or DT because if anyone found this, I wouldn’t want to expose myself or expose him.”

She also said she would pay for flights and hotel bookings whenever she wasn’t staying with him, and he would reimburse her later so that there’s ‘no paper trail’.

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Donald Trump with wife, Melania Trump. (Source: Getty Images)

Towards the end of the interview, Cooper asked her, “If Melania Trump is watching this, what would you want her to know?”

She replied, “Umm, that’s a tough one, what can you say except I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I wouldn’t want it done to me.”

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump hosts a roundtable discussion on cyber safety and technology with industry experts in the State Dining Room at the White House. (Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

McDougal’s story has come out as part of her lawsuit against AMI. She is suing to void the agreement she made with them, and has claimed that they bought the story to kill it, and protect the candidacy of Trump.

AMI has since stated that they bought the story but never published it because it wasn’t credible enough.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump return to the White House after attending the funeral service of Rev. Billy Graham. (Source: Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press about the $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress early Friday, with Vice President Mike Pence , in the Diplomatic Room of the White House on March 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A White House spokesperson has denied McDougal’s claims entirely, saying, “This is an old story that is just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal.”



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