White House counselor Kellyanne Conway chats with other guests after the National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House on Thursday. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who ran President Trump’s campaign in its closing months, said Friday that she was not aware at the time that Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen made a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

“I had never heard about that during the campaign,” Conway told reporters at the White House. “I was the campaign manager. A lot crossed my desk.”

The motive behind the October 2016 payment has taken on heightened significance, with Rudolph W. Giuliani, an addition to Trump’s legal team, revealing in media interviews that Trump repaid the money in installments last year.

During an appearance Thursday on Fox News, Giuliani said Cohen did the right thing by paying hush money to Daniels to keep her from talking about an alleged affair with Trump, which the president has denied.

“Imagine if that came out on Oct. 15, 2016, in the middle of the last debate with Hillary Clinton,” Giuliani said on “Fox & Friends.” “Cohen didn’t even ask. Cohen made it go away. He did his job.”

Legal experts say that comment is important because it suggests Cohen made the payment with the intention of protecting the Trump campaign.

In that case, the payment would constitute a campaign contribution or loan — rather than a personal expense. Such a contribution would have to be reported publicly, and the amount would have far exceeded the legal limit of $2,700.

Conway’s comment on Friday suggests the payment wasn’t coordinated with high-level campaign officials. She also told reporters that she was unaware of the payment last year during her service in the White House.

The Wall Street Journal first reported in January that Cohen had arranged the $130,000 payment to Daniels shortly before the 2016 election.

In his media appearances, Giuliani has insisted that the payment to Daniels was not related to the campaign but was made to avoid personal embarrassment to the Trump family.

“The money was paid because of the embarrassment in an allegation like this,” he said Thursday on Fox Business Network. “It’s more damaging to the person who’s innocent because no one ever forgets it.”