In her first interview since a tape was released of Donald Trump talking lewdly about women, Melania Trump described her husband’s words as “boy talk” and said he was “egged on” by then “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush.
“I believe my husband, I believe my husband,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, responding to a question about the ten women who have come forward in the past week to say Trump had acted inappropriately with them, accusations the candidate has repeatedly denied.
It was the first of several interviews Melania Trump gave on Monday – the CNN interview aired Monday night and a second was set to air Tuesday morning on Fox News – and marked a rare slate of appearances for a very private wife.
She said she was surprised when she first heard the now infamous 2005 tape in which her husband, then 59, brags about being able to grope women freely because of his celebrity status, because she had never heard her husband speak that way before. The tape was released by the Washington Post and NBC a week ago Friday and has been replayed incessantly on TV news networks.
“I don’t know that person that would talk that way,” she said. At the same time she said, “Sometimes I say I have two boys at home — I have my young son and I have my husband.”