Me­la­nia Trump: ‘My hus­band didn’t do any­thing’

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - By Jonathan Lemire

NEW YORK — Me­la­nia Trump on Mon­day dis­missed her hus­band’s sex­u­ally ag­gres­sive lan­guage as “boy talk,” in­sist­ing his re­marks do not re­flect “the man that I know,” and said she does not be­lieve that he has as­saulted any women.

Don­ald Trump’s wife, in a series of me­dia in­ter­views, said she has ac­cepted her hus­band’s apol­ogy and the cou­ple is “mov­ing on.” The com­ments come more than a week af­ter the re­lease of a 2005 video in which Trump brags about kiss­ing women and grab­bing their gen­i­tals with­out their per­mis­sion.

“I said to my hus­band that, you know, the lan­guage is in­ap­pro­pri­ate. It’s not ac­cept­able. And I was sur­prised, be­cause that is not the man that I know,” she told CNN.

She sug­gested t hat Trump may not have known his mi­cro­phone was on, call­ing it “kind of a boy talk” that “Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood” host Billy Bush was en­cour­ag­ing. And she sug­gested that the women who have claimed in re­cent days that Trump made un­wanted ad­vances were at­ten­tion-seek­ers who were mak­ing “dam­ag­ing and un­fair” ac­cu­sa­tions.

“I be­lieve my hus­band,” she said in the interview that aired Mon­day night. “My hus­band didn’t do any­thing.”

Me­la­nia Trump also said it is fair game for her hus­band to ap­pear with women who have ac­cused former Pres­i­dent Bill Clin- ton of sex­ual as­sault, claim­ing the Democrats fired the first vol­ley into the in­creas­ingly ugly war about the cou­ples’ pri­vate lives.

“They’re ask­ing for it. They started. They started from the be­gin­ning of the cam­paign putting my picture from mod­el­ing days,” she said in ex­cerpts re­leased by Fox News ahead of the i nter­view’s broad­cast. “That was my mod­el­ing days and I’m proud what I did. I worked very hard.”

Me­la­nia Trump’s im­age was used in a neg­a­tive ad cam­paign dur­ing the Re­pub­li­can pri­mary, but there is no ev­i­dence that the Clin­tons were in­volved. At the time, Don­ald Trump ac­cused former ri­val Ted Cruz of be­ing in­volved and re­sponded by tweet­ing an un­flat­ter­ing im­age of the Texas se­na­tor’s wife. Cruz also de­nied in­volve­ment.

The in­ter­views are Me­la­nia Trump’s first mo­ments in the pub­lic eye since the ac­cu­sa­tions over the last 10 days that have sent her hus­band’s White House bid reel­ing.

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