Melania Trump blamed NBC’s Billy Bush for encouraging her husband’s lewd 2005 statements boasting with about groping and kissing women, saying that the comments were “offensive.”
In a interview on CNN set to air later Monday night, the former model said Donald Trump was “egged-on” by Bush to say “dirty and bad stuff” on the studio backlot for “Days of Our Lives” in 2005.
“The boys, the way they talk when they grow up. They want to show each other this and that, talking about the girls,” Melania Trump said.
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Trump also said it’s perfectly reasonable for her husband’s presidential campaign to go after former President Bill Clinton’s marital infidelities.
In an interview set to air in full on Tuesday, Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt asked the former model if it was “fair” for reporters to ask about the former president’s sex scandals.
“If they bring up my past, why not?” Trump replied, according to a partial transcript released by Fox News.
She added: “They’re asking for it. They started. They started from the — from the beginning of the campaign putting my – my picture from modeling days. That was my modeling days and I’m proud what I did. I worked very hard.”
The former model reiterated her displeasure with the 2005 video, saying that the comments were “offensive.”
“This is not the man that I know. This is – we could see, as I always said, as my husband said, as well, for a successful businessman, entrepreneur, entertainer to achieving so much in his life, being in so many shows, so many tapes, it’s very hard to run for public office,” Trump told Fox.
The former model has kept a fairly low profile since delivering a partially plagiarized speech on behalf of her husband at the Republican National Committee in July, avoiding major interviews.