Melania Trump has issued a response to the 2005 tape of Donald Trump making sexually explicit comments about trying to have sex with another married woman. The tape was made just months after Melania and Trump married in January 2005.
In the statement, which you can read in full below, Melania calls Trump’s comments “unacceptable and offensive” and they do “not represent the man that I know.”
Melania said that she hopes people will “accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing out nation and the world.”
The statement followed several remarks from key Republican politicians calling for Trump to step out of the race for the White House. However, Trump has said that he will not exit the race against Hillary Clinton.
“I never, ever give up,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal. “The support I’m getting is unbelievable, because Hillary Clinton is a horribly flawed candidate.” Trump added that there is “zero chance I’ll quit.”
Moments after Melania’s statement, Trump posted the following tweet.
In 2005, Trump was caught on tape talking to then-Access Hollywood anchor Billy Bush about a failed attempt to have sex with a married woman, who was later revealed to be Bush’s then-colleague, Nancy O’Dell.
“I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look,” Trump told Bush in the Tape, which was obtained by the Washington Post.
Later, Trump tells Bush that “you can do anything” with women when you are a star. “Grab them by the p—y. You can do anything,” Trump says.
At the time the tape was made, Trump was already married to Melania, his third wife. The couple married in January 2005.