Melania Trump is sitting down with Anderson Cooper on tonight’s edition of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper: 360”, and in an advance preview of the interview, the wife of presidential candidate Donald Trump is blaming Billy Bush for egging on her husband to make the shocking comments in the 2005 tape that has stolen the focus of the presidential election.
When she first heard the tape, she tells Cooper, “I said to my husband that, you know, the language was unappropriate [sic]. It’s not acceptable and I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know. And as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on. It was only a mic.”
She adds: “And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on. Because they were kind of, ah, boy talk. And he was led on. Like egg on from the host to say, uh, dirty and bad stuff.”
“You feel the host, Billy Bush, was sort of egging him on?” queries Cooper, with Trump responding: “Yes. Yes.”
Had she ever heard the former “Celebrity Apprentice” star use that kind of language before, asks Cooper.
“No, no that’s why i was surprised,” she responds. “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.”
Trump also addresses the “October surprise” timing of the leaked 2005 tape.
In the interview, Melania Trump also addresses the allegations made by numerous women that her husband groped them, allegations Donald Trump continues to deny.
“I believe my husband, I believe my husband, this was all organized from the opposition,” she says. “And with the details that they go, did they ever check the background of these women? They don’t have any facts, and even the story that came out in People magazine, the writer that she said my husband took her to the room and started kissing her, she wrote in the same story about me that she saw me on 5th avenue, and I said to her ‘Natasha, how come we don’t see you anymore?’ I was never friend with her, I would not recognize her.”
Given the shocking turn of events of the past few weeks, what kind of strain has that put on the Trumps’ marriage? “We always have a great marriage and strong relationship and he said many times, that I’m the rock for the whole family. And yes, we are very strong, we are two independent people thinking on their own, and have a very open conversation, and I think that’s very healthy for the relationship.”