ABC News(NEW YORK) — Top Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani says that Donald Trump has expressed “very clearly” that “he’s ashamed of himself” for the lewd comments he made about women in a 2005 leaked video, but added that both Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are “flawed candidates.”
When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos pressed Giuliani whether the actions Trump describes toward women are “sexual assault,” Giuliani responded: “That’s what he was talking about.”
“Whether it happened or not, I don’t know,” Giuliani said on ABC’s “This Week.” “How much exaggeration was involved in that, I don’t know. I do know there’s a tendency on that part of some men at different times to exaggerate things like this.”
Vice President Joe Biden called Trump’s comment “sexual assault” in a tweet Saturday.
The words are demeaning. Such behavior is an abuse of power. It’s not lewd. It’s sexual assault. –Joe
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 8, 2016
Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, was among those who spent Saturday afternoon at Trump Tower planning how to handle the next stage of Trump’s campaign after the video’s release. Others in the discussion included: Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, and the candidate’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr..
A growing list of Republicans have ended their support of their party’s nominee, with some going as far as calling for Trump to step aside.
Trump has been adamant that he will not withdraw his candidacy, tweeting Saturday, “I will never drop out of the race, will never let my supporters down.”
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