What is a golden shower? Trump claims Melania 'DOESN'T believe in pee tape'

The video in question allegedly shows Trump at Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, watching two prostitutes urinate on a bed the Obamas supposedly slept in


                            What is a golden shower? Trump claims Melania 'DOESN'T believe in pee tape'
Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021, in Orlando, Florida (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Russian government allegedly taped former President Donald Trump watching prostitutes urinate on a hotel bed in Moscow in 2013. It is safe to say that everyone -- or at least those who did not live under a rock during the Trump presidency -- is aware of this. On Thursday, October 15, Trump reportedly made an unprompted reference to these allegations during a private GOP dinner. 

As per the Washington Post, in a private speech at a donor retreat for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump cast himself as the GOP’s savior, saying he had brought the party back from the brink of disaster and helped Republicans hold seats on Capitol Hill.

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In his address, Trump said, “It was all phony s***, okay. All phony stuff,” of the Democratic impeachment efforts and the investigation of his ties to Russia. And it was at that point that he brought up the notorious “pee tape”. Trump told the audience, “I’m not into golden showers. You know the great thing, our great first lady -- ‘That one,’ she said, ‘I don’t believe that one.’”

What was the 'pee tape'?

The video in question allegedly shows Trump in the presidential suite at Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, watching two prostitutes urinate on a bed the Obamas supposedly slept in. The incident allegedly took place in 2013, when Trump was visiting Moscow to attend the Miss Universe pageant. The Ritz-Carlton was allegedly under surveillance by the FSB, the principal security agency of Russia, which had microphones and hidden cameras in many of the rooms, including the presidential suite.

The Steele dossier is a collection of 17 intelligence reports that were compiled by Christopher David Steele, a British former intelligence officer with the Secret Intelligence Service, in 2016. Steele was hired by Fusion GPS, a private political research firm based in Washington, D.C., which had been hired by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign to look into Trump’s ties to Russia. One of the reports, dated June 20, 2016, details Trump’s “(perverted) conduct” at the Ritz-Carlton.

The text from the Steele Dossier, as published by BuzzFeed News.

While Steele called the act a “golden shower”, it is not exactly that - at least as per what was described in the dossier. As per The Cut, a golden shower is when people urinate on each other for sexual pleasure. The report said that “Trump watching women pee on a bed to spite the president, but not peeing or getting peed on himself, isn’t a golden shower, but it could be considered a form of urolagnia, which is sexual excitement associated with the sight or thought of urine and/or urination.”

But while promoting his book, former FBI Director James Comey told ABC News that he thought there was at least a possibility that it really took place. “I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether the current President of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013,” he said. “It’s possible, but I don’t know.”

Comey’s book and memos also claim Trump was “fixated” on rebutting the accusation in private, and that he brought it up to Comey on four separate occasions, once even claiming that though he personally wouldn’t patronize prostitutes, Vladimir Putin did once tell him “we have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world.”

“I’ve heard about these tapes for a long time,” former Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen told Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin in February 2019 during a House Oversight Committee hearing when asked about the existence of any compromising tapes. “I’ve had many people contact me over the years. I have no reason to believe that that tape exists.”

Despite Trump and the former first lady not believing in the existence of the “pee tape”, or the overall possibility that it never happened at all, the words “golden shower” and “Trump” in the same sentence is something that has become a part of the former president’s lore for better or for the worse. It led to more golden shower searches on pornographic websites. And it also made for an excellent episode in ‘The Good Fight’. And it made the world more aware of a fetish -- to the point where veteran journalists and commentators had to mention “golden shower” on news over and over again. So, does it really matter if Melania Trump doesn’t believe in the “pee tape”?

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