BREAKING NEWS: Trump is accused of forcibly kissing black campaign staffer who says: ‘I can still see his lips coming straight for my face
- Alva Johnson, a former staffer on President Donald Trump’s campaign, claimed the president kissed her without her consent a 2016 Florida rally
- ‘I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,’ she told The Washington Post. ‘I can still see his lips coming straight for my face’
- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed it as ‘absurd on its face’
- ‘It never happened,’ Sanders said
‘I immediately felt violated because I wasn’t expecting it or wanting it,’ she told The Washington Post. ‘I can still see his lips coming straight for my face.’
Johnson, who is suing the president, alleged in her lawsuit and to the newspaper that Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips as he left an RV outside a rally in Tampa, Fla., on August 24, 2016.
Alva Johnson, a former staffer on President Donald Trump’s campaign, claimed the president kissed her without her consent a 2016 Florida rally
She said she turned her head and the kiss landed on the side of her mouth. She called it ‘super-creepy and inappropriate.’
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed the allegation as ‘absurd on its face.’
‘This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts,’ she told The Washington Post in a statement.
Johnson said she told her boyfriend, mother and stepfather about the incident later that day, which all three confirmed to The Post.
She also identified a campaign official and Pam Bondi, then the Florida attorney general, as witnesses but both denied seeing the alleged kiss to The Post.
‘I’ve tried to let it go,’ Johnson told the newspaper. ‘You want to move on with your life. I don’t sleep. I wake up at 4 in the morning looking at the news. I feel guilty. The only thing I did was show up for work one day.’
Trump was accused by multiple women of inappropriate contact before the campaign.
But Johnson is the first to come forward since he took office and the first to make an accusation of an incident taking place during the campaign.
She filed a federal lawsuit on Monday seeking damages for emotional pain and suffering.
She is also suing for discrimination. Johnson, who is black, claims the campaign paid her less than her white male counterparts.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told The Post Johnson’s claim is ‘off-base and unfounded.’
The Post noted it had first contacted Johnson, who’s an event planner in Madison County, Ala., nearly a year ago while reporting on allegations against Trump.
She declined to talk to the newspaper at the time. But, recently, her attorney offered a copy of the lawsuit and Johnson agreed to an interview.