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Secret Trump tape spawns thirsty meme

A leaked tape shows Trump and former lawyer Michael Cohen discussing a payment for Karen McDougal's story.
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A secret tape featuring Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen discussing a payment for Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story was aired on CNN Tuesday night.

And one particular moment has spawned a thirsty meme.

The conversation, which isn’t the best quality, was recorded in 2016 while Trump was still a presidential candidate.

Aired on Cuomo Prime Time, it seems like all the internet could focus on was a demand by Trump to an aide to “get me a Coke, please,” before discussing how they would buy the rights to McDougal’s story. 

McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year, alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump in 2006, something which came to light in the midst of Trump’s campaign.

In 2016, the Wall Street Journal revealed American Media, who owns the pro-Trump National Enquirer, bought the rights to the model’s story for $150,000, but didn’t publish it.

“I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David,” Cohen can be heard saying, which CNN notes likely refers to American Media head David Pecker.

Cohen explains to Trump that he looked into how to finance the purchase of the story. Trump can be heard asking, “What financing?” to which Cohen responds by saying, “We’ll have to pay.” 

On the recording, Trump can be heard saying “pay with cash,” to which Cohen replied, “No, no, no. I got it.” The audio cuts to what appears to be a new recording after that.

The tape was one of 12 seized from Cohen’s files by New York prosecutors back in April, and the airing of the McDougal conversation is sure to escalate the war between the Trump and Cohen camps.

“The only people who use cash are drug dealers and mobsters,” Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said on CNN. 

“Cash is not what you do. And it was Michael Cohen who said ‘no, no, no, no.'”

The tape has also raised questions over whether Cohen should have recorded conversations between him and a client, something which Trump expressed dismay over in a tweet Friday.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/24/trump-michael-cohen-tape/

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