Report: Melania Refused to Do Joint TV Appearance With Trump After Tape Scandal
Melania Trump refused the media spotlight prior to the second presidential debate.
The Hill reports:
Melania Trump refused to do a joint video statement with her husband as the scandal over his past obscene comments about women broke, The New York Times reported Sunday.
Immediately after The Washington Post published the 2005 tape on Friday, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign suggested that the couple should appear together on camera and address the controversy.
However, anonymous sources within the campaign told the Times that Melania Trump had no interest in doing a joint video statement with her husband, the Republican presidential nominee.
The statement would have echoed the joint appearance of Bill and Hillary Clinton on “60 Minutes” in 1992, after Gennifer Flowers said she and former President Bill Clinton had a longstanding affair.
Following the additional denunciations of Trump from top GOP lawmakers and Nancy O’Dell, who was a subject of Trump’s vulgar conversation in the tape, the idea of a joint statement was quickly scrapped, according to the Times.
In the tape, Trump is heard having a private conversation about pursuing O’Dell and other women.
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said. “Grab them by the p—y.”
Trump made a public video apology about his comments and is expected to address the the issue again during the presidential debate on Sunday.
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