Ns News Online Desk: Melania Trump refused to appear alongside her husband on TV as part of his damage-control efforts after he was heard uttering crude comments about women in the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape, according to Bob Woodward’s new tell-all about the president.
“‘Not doing that,’ Melania said in her Slovenian accent, dismissively waving her hand,” Woodward wrote in “Fear,” according to an excerpt published by The Guardian. “‘No way. No, no, no,’” she added during Trump’s campaign.
In the 2005 recording, which was released in October 2016, the future president said he might start kissing a woman he was about to meet – adding that as a “star,” he could grab women “by the p—-.”
He apologized and dismissed his vile comments as “locker room talk,” though he later also questioned the tape’s authenticity. In a statement at the time, Melania denounced her husband’s words as “unacceptable and offensive to me.”
She added that his remarks did not “represent the man that I know,” adding that “he has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world.” The president has lashed out at the famed investigative reporter’s book, labeling it a work of “fiction.”
“The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General [Secretary of Defense] James Mattis and General [chief of staff] John Kelly,” he tweeted Tuesday. “Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Likewise other stories and quotes. Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing?”