In a preview for an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper set to air Monday night, Melania Trump said that she believes former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush egged on her husband to make predatory comments about women in a leaked video from a 2005 taping.
Cooper asked Trump what she thought the first time she heard the now-infamous tape, and she said that she let her husband know that his comments were not okay with her.
“I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate. It’s not acceptable,” she said. “And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know.”
She went on, though, to question whether Donald Trump knew he was being recorded and whether Bush goaded him into what she characterized as “boy talk.”
“Ss you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on, it was only a mic,” she said. “And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on, because they were kind of boy talk, and he was egged on by the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”
“You feel the host, Billy Bush, was egging him on?” Cooper clarified.
“Yes,” she replied.
Melania Trump went on to say that she has never heard her husband speak like that, but alluded to the “locker room talk” defense that her husband’s campaign has been using.
“That’s why I was surprised. Because I don’t know the person that would talk that way, that he would say that kind of stuff,” she said. “In private, I heard many different stuff, boys talk. The boys, the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other, oh, this and that, and talking about the girls. But yeah, I was surprised, of course.”
In plugging the interview, Cooper said Trump did not comment on her husband’s attacks on the appearance of women who’ve come forward since that tape leaked to accuse him of sexual misconduct, but did say the timing of their speaking out, as well the leak of a partial tax return before the second presidential debate, shows a media bias. Cooper said that she pointed fingers at the Clinton campaign.
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Melania Trump says her husband was egged on by Billy Bush when he made sexually aggressive remarks in a 2005 tape https://t.co/p0mCRSCTRx
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