Trump says 'much of the Stormy Daniels stuff' a 'political hoax', ally says: 'Those were his words'

"There's just never been a claim of...harassment," with Daniels, the ally said.

“Again, those were his words,” Ruddy said.

An interview with Clifford is scheduled to air today on the CBS News program, "60 Minutes."

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, later tweeted a sarcastic response to the "hoax" reference.

Cliffords has claimed that she was in a consensual relationship with Trump that began during the summer of 2006. ABC News reported last week that Clifford’s lawyer claimed she was threatened with “physical harm” to keep the alleged affair a secret.

Ruddy said none of the allegations lodged by Clifford, which the White House has denied, have included claims of harassment.

"You know, at the bottom line, there’s just never been a claim of -- of -- of harassment," Ruddy said. “So the president looks at this and I think he’s looking at it like I’m looking at it. This is politically motivated to hurt and embarrass him in some way."

Ruddy continued that any such efforts to harm the president don't appear to be working.

"You know what, [at] the end of the day, the poll numbers for the president are up,” he said.

The White House has denied the alleged affair with Daniels, but the president has not commented directly on the allegations.