Melania Trump has responded to the 2005 videotape showing her husband, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, making vulgar comments about women.
“The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me. This does not represent the man that I know,” she said in a statement. “He has the heart and mind of a leader.”
She continued: “I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world.”
In the leaked tape, Trump – newly married to Melania at the time – tells former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he tried to “move” on Bush’s then-cohost Nancy O’Dell.
“I did try and f*** her, she was married,” Trump said in the tape. “That’s huge news there,” Bush responded. Trump also made comments about O’Dell’s body.
Both Trump and Bush also commented on the physical appearance Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker, who showed the men around set after the conversation took place. At one point, Bush asks Zucker if she will hug Trump – just moments after he called her “hot as s***” before she arrived.
“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” Trump said in the tape. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.
“Grab them by the p***y,” he added. “You can do anything.”
Ivanka Trump has yet to comment on her father’s lewd remarks, but regarding her reaction and what she will do next, a Trump source says that “neither of the candidates’ daughters should be accountable for being loving and caring daughters who each respect their parents’ accomplishments, while keeping their differences of opinion to themselves in order to not embarrass themselves or their parents.”
Trump apologized for his comments on Friday, saying he is “not a perfect person,” in a Facebook video released after hours after the tape went public.
“I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on the more than decade-old video are one of them,” he said in the video.
“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am,” he continued. “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.”
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