Melania Trump calls taped comments by
Donald Trump 'boy talk'
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[October 18, 2016]
(Reuters) - Melania Trump rose to
her husband's defense on Monday, describing lewd comments the Republican
presidential nominee made on a leaked 2005 video in which he bragged
about groping women as "boy talk."
Trump, who has kept a low profile during her husband's presidential bid,
gave her first television interviews since the Oct. 7 release of the
tape that has shaken Donald Trump's campaign. He trails Democrat Hillary
Clinton in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
Melania Trump told CNN her husband was engaged in "boy talk, and he was
led on - like, egged on - from the host to say dirty and bad stuff" in
the conversation with "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.
NBC said on Monday that Bush was leaving the "Today" show, following his
role in the taped conversation with Donald Trump.
Melania Trump, a Slovenian-born former model, added in a CNN interview
that aired on Monday night that she was surprised because she had never
heard her husband use that kind of language before.
"No. No, that's why I was surprised, because I said like I don't know
that person that would talk that way, and that he would say that kind of
stuff in private," Melania Trump said.
She told CNN that her husband behaved at times like an overgrown boy and
that she saw his "Access Hollywood" remarks as in keeping with that
"Sometimes I say I have two boys at home. I have my young son and I have
my husband. But I know how some men talk, and that's how I saw it, yes,"
Trump told CNN she agreed with first lady Michelle Obama that kissing or
groping someone without consent constituted sexual assault, adding: "But
every assault should be taken care of in a court of law. And to accuse,
no matter who it is, a man or a woman, without evidence is damaging and
In partial transcripts from a separate interview with Fox News, she said
she had forgiven her husband for the comments in the tape, which was
first published by the Washington Post.
"Those words, they were offensive to me and they were inappropriate. And
he apologized to me. And I ... accept his apology. And we are moving
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Melania Trump sits down with CNN television host Anderson Cooper
during an exclusive interview in New York, to be aired October 17,
2016. Courtesy CNN/Handout via REUTERS
They were her first public comments since a statement she issued
after the tape's publication in which she said her husband's remarks
did "not represent the man that I know."
Melania Trump told Fox News that her husband, a New York businessman
and former reality television star, was committed to running for
office even though it was difficult because he had been "in so many
shows, so many tapes" over the years.
Asked if it was fair for the media or her husband to bring up
charges of infidelity in former President Bill Clinton's past,
Melania Trump told Fox News: "Well, if they bring up my past, why
After Trump denied during a debate with Clinton on Oct. 9 that he
had actually done the things he bragged about in the tape, a number
of women accused him of groping and kissing them without permission
in incidents stretching back decades. He has denied the charges.
Asked about those accusations, Melania Trump told Fox News: “All
these women are coming out and they are allegations but they are not
true. Why now? Why three weeks before the election?”
“I believe my husband," she told CNN. "This was all organized from
the opposition. With the details that they got, did they ever check
the background of these women? They don’t have any facts.”
(Reporting by Eric Walsh in Washington; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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