House Speaker Paul Ryan condemned Donald Trump's leaked comments to then-"Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush and said that the Republican nominee no longer will be attending a planned Saturday campaign event with him in Wisconsin.
"I am sickened by what I heard today," Ryan said in a statement. "Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests. In the meantime, he is no longer attending tomorrow's event in Wisconsin."
The event was to be the first time that Ryan and Trump have campaigned together since the Republican National Convention. It was unclear whether Trump voluntarily dropped out of the event or was disinvited.
In a statement, Trump said, "Governor Mike Pence will be representing me tomorrow in Wisconsin. I will be spending the day in New York in debate prep with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Jeff Sessions, and then flying to St. Louis on Sunday for the 2nd Presidential Debate."
Ryan's statement is the latest fallout from the Washington Post release of footage from a 2005 appearance of Trump on "Access Hollywood," in which he is heard making lewd remarks about women. The Washington Post first posted the video and audio on Friday. CNN reported that "Access Hollywood" producers discovered the footage this week, and were preparing it for broadcast before it was apparently leaked to the Post.
Trump was caught on a hot microphone telling Bush that "when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."
"Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything," he says.
Trump's comments also drew condemnation by other top GOP figures, including party chairman Reince Priebus and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona).
"He alone bears the burden of his conduct and he alone should suffer the consequences," McCain said in a statement.
Priebus, McCain and Ryan did not say that they would withdraw their support from Trump.
But Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who has not endorsed Trump, called on him to step down from the ticket. Like McCain, Kirk is running for reelection this year.
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