Melania says Billy Bush ‘egged on’ Trump in infamous video

Melania Trump is excusing her husband’s bombshell 2005 recording, in which he boasted about being able to grope and kiss women because he’s a star, as “boy talk” that was “egged on” by Billy Bush.

The wife of the Republican presidential candidate told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that her husband had been engaging in “boy talk, and he was led on — like, egged on — from the host to say dirty and bad stuff.”

The reference is to Bush, who was working for “Access Hollywood” at the time of the recording. Bush is currently negotiating his departure from NBC’s “Today Show” following the publication of the recording, Page Six has reported.

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“I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate. It’s not acceptable. And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know,” Melania said.

“And as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on — it was only a mic. And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on,” she added.

Asked whether it’s language she’s used to hearing from husband, she added, “No, no that’s why I was surprised. Because I said like I don’t know that person that would talk that way. And that he would say that kind of stuff in private. I’ve heard many different stuff, boys talk. I – the boys, 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 and, but I was surprised, of course.”

Until now, Melania Trump has avoided the media – except for a brief statement released by her husband’s campaign saying that she accepted her his apology.

In addition to her interview with CNN, Melania also talked with Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt.

In the Fox interview, she said that Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual assault and harassment are fair game.

“They’re asking for it. They started. They started from the — from the beginning of the campaign putting my — my picture from modeling days. That was my modeling days and I’m proud what I did. I worked very hard,” she said in the interview set to be aired Tuesday morning on “Fox & Friends.”

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