Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer denied a New York Times reporter's claim Friday night that officials were meeting to discuss options about what would happen if Donald Trump dropped out of the presidential race following the release of an explicit tape of his words about women.
CNN also reported early Saturday that RNC officials were facing a rebellion from Republicans concerned that Trump's continued presence on the ticket would doom down-ballot Republican Senate and House races.
"Your sources are wrong. There is no meeting," Spicer said on Twitter, in response to Times report Yamiche Alcindor's tweet about a source's claim to her:
Alcindor also tweeted about the chances RNC officials could oust Trump:
On Friday, The Washington Post published a video in which Trump could be heard making explicit comments to then-"Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush about trying to have sex with women.
Trump late Friday night called the comments private "locker-room banter" and said he apologizes "if anyone was offended."
However, there have been calls for Trump to step down, including from Utah Sen. Mike Lee, who called the GOP nominee a "distraction" from the party's principles.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on Friday disavowed the comments, saying that "no woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever." However, he has not commented on whether Trump should back out of the race.
Trump was to have appeared with House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin on Saturday but that was canceled after The Post broke its story, reports The Hill. Instead, he will be doing debate preparations in New York with Priebus, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Jeff Sessions ahead of Sunday night's debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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