Melania Trump defended her husband against allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior in an interview to be aired on CNN, and said "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush egged Donald Trump on in an audio recording from 2005 that spurred accusers to come forward.
"I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate. It's not acceptable," Melania Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper in a preview of the interview set to air Monday night on "Anderson Cooper 360." "And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know."
She said she suspects Donald Trump did not even know the microphone was on and recording when he was making what she called "boy talk" with Bush.
"He was led on – like, egged on – from the host to say dirty and bad stuff," she said.
Melania Trump said she has not heard her husband use such language before, and that's why she was surprised by the recording.
"Because I don't know the person that would talk that way, that he would say that kind of stuff," she said, adding that she has heard young boys talk like that in private, "the way they talk when they grow up and they want to sometimes show each other, 'Oh, this and that' and talking about the girls."
Cooper said Melania Trump also told him she believes her husband's denials of allegations by a number of women who have said publicly that he made inappropriate sexual advances toward them over the years.
Melania Trump told Cooper she has seen women hand her husband pieces of paper with their phone numbers on them right in front of her, making it unlikely he would pursue women against their will.
In another interview on Monday with Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt, Melania Trump also defended her husband's attacks on Bill Clinton's past.
"They're asking for it. They started. They started from the -- from the beginning of the campaign putting my -- my picture from modeling days," she said in the interview, which will be previewed tonight on "The Five" and will air on Tuesday on "Fox & Friends." "That was my modeling days and I'm proud what I did. I worked very hard."
Donald Trump's campaign invited four of Bill Clinton's accusers to the most recent presidential debate, and Trump referred to some of their claims of sexual assault against Clinton as he squared off against his wife, Hillary Clinton.
Melania Trump also told Earhardt that her husband's lewd and vulgar language on an "Access Hollywood" recording were "offensive to me and they were inappropriate. And he apologized to me. And I expect -- I accept his apology. And we are moving on."
"I -- this is not the man that I know," she said. "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. And he did this anyway. He said, I want to help American people. I want to keep America safe. I want to bring back jobs, bring back economy, so our children, our futures will be the best way possible."
Material from Reuters was used in this story.
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