JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Melania Trump on Monday dismissed her husband’s sexually aggressive language as “boy talk,” insisting his remarks do not reflect “the man I know.”

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 that Trump may not have known his microphone was on, calling it “kind of a boy talk” that “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush was encouraging.

Mrs. Trump also said it is fair game for her husband to appear with women who have accused former President Bill Clinton 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 interview’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.

First, a 2005 video leaked of Trump using vulgar language to describe women and apparently boasting of sexual assault. And in recent days, several women have come forward to say that Trump had groped or sexually assaulted them.

The Republican nominee has denied the claims, calling the women liars and belittling their appearances.

In the interviews, Melania Trump deemed the celebrity businessman’s comments on the leaked tape “offensive to me and they were inappropriate.”

“And he apologized to me,” she said. “And I expect — I accept his apology. And we are moving on.”

She said something similar in a statement released by the campaign after the video’s release. She has also demanded retractions from a People Magazine writer who profiled the couple in 2005 and last week accused Donald Trump of an assault at the couple’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, while Melania was out of the room.

Melania Trump has never filled the role of the traditional political spouse, only making rare appearances on the campaign trail. Her speech at July’s national convention was initially praised until it was discovered that passages of it were lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention address.

Trump, who attended each of the first two presidential debates, was also lampooned on this week’s Saturday Night Live. The long-running sketch show ran a video in which actresses playing Melania Trump, her two step-daughters and two of the candidate’s most visible female allies did a version of Beyonce’s feminist manifesto “Lemonade” in an act of rebellion against the candidate.

The video ends with the Cecily Strong, the comedian playing Melania Trump, suggesting she wrote the song herself.


AP writer Steve Peoples in Washington contributed to this report.

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Comments (6)
  1. Dan St John says:

    Me thinks she is starting to sound like what Donny is accusing Hillary of in the 90’s. Saying the women who have come forward are liars and it is a plot. Huh, not twenty years later and we hear the same tune different player. Funny how it happens in life. Melania, go back to being quiet and when this is over on 11-9 and he has lost, you can divorce him and leave. You have all the evidence on your side and you’ll want to walk away before his empire completely implodes. Just sayin.

  2. Ryan Mercer says:

    Trump tried to portray Hillary Clinton as an enabler that threatened Bill’s “victims” into silence. Now that Trump himself has been outed as groper, I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t yet another attempt to deflect his own wrong doings. If Malania has ever threatened any of Trump’s victims into silence, then her denials of Trump’s actions will only encourage those women to come forward. As well it should.

  3. OK, that’s enough. Now get back in the packing crate

  4. Kathryn says:

    Is she really so stupid that she cannot figure out they are coming forward only now due to the recent release of the recording of her husband bragging that he tried to commit adultery and sexually assaulted women? She has posed for porn she has no self respect anyhow, but who can blame her for not wanting to lose her meal ticket, even if he cheats & lies. Yes, she is right that he did not know he was being recorded, but that in no way excuses what he said. If anything it makes it more credible. NOBODY could goad most men into saying something like that because most men are not of that vile mindset or those actions. That is the real Trump- not fit to be dog catcher because he would try to feel up the dogs! I agree w/ Dan, if Melania is smart (which I think she is not as she plagiarized Michellae Obama and apparently thought nobody would notice???) she should use all that evidence dumped into her lap and take him to the cleaners in a divorce, then wrote a tell all and make billions more!

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