Melania Trump thinks her husband is innocent and forgives him for 'boy talk'


Melania Trump has re-emerged into the public eye for the first time since damning footage from 2005 and various allegations of sexual misconduct put her husband's bid for the White House into jeopardy.

A video showed Donald Trump bragging about kissing women and grabbing their genitals without their permission, which Melania has dismissed as "boy talk", insisting his remarks do not reflect "the man I know".

In a series of interviews, the wife of Republican presidential candidate said she had accepted her husband's apology and the couple was "moving on".

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"I said to my husband that, you know, the language is inappropriate. It's not acceptable. And I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know," Melania told CNN.

She suggested that Trump may not have known his microphone was on, calling it "kind of a boy talk" that was encouraged by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.

Following the release of the footage, several women have come forward to say that Trump had groped or sexually assaulted them. Trump has denied all these claims, calling the women liars and belittling their appearances.

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Melania suggested that the women were attention seekers who were making "damaging and unfair" accusations.

"I believe my husband," she said in the interview shown on Monday night. "My husband didn't do anything."

She released a statement after the video was released saying something similar, also repeating her husband's assertion (which he makes without supporting evidence) that the media and the Clinton campaign were working together to sink his presidency bid.

Melania Trump.
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Melania, whose husband frequently uses social media to attack opponents, also suggested that, as first lady, she could be interested in leading an effort to combat bullying and negativity on social media.

She told CNN she was worried about its impact on children and was concerned that her 10-year-old son Barron would be exposed to tough talk on Twitter and other platforms.

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Meanwhile, Trump continues to deny the claims against him, saying "it would be very easy to apologise" to a woman who accused him of sexual assault but he would not do anything that seemed like an admission of guilt.

"You can't apologise for an event that never took place," he told Fox News. "These events never took place."