Trump apologizes after release of lewd 2005 recorded comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump is issuing a rare apology after a video showed him making lewd, sexually charged comments about women in 2005. He called it “locker room banter.”

The Republican nominee said that “I apologize if anyone was offended.” He issued the statement after The Washington Post revealed the video of Trump caught on a hot mic while talking with Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood.”

Trump is heard saying he “did try and f— her,” referring to an unknown woman. He also used graphic terms to describe the woman’s body and said he frequently tried to kiss beautiful women.

He boasted that “when you’re a star they let you do it.”  He said: “You can do anything.”

Billy Bush says he’s “embarrassed and ashamed” by the taped 2005 conversation.

Bush, then a host of the entertainment news show “Access Hollywood,” was chatting with Trump as the businessman waited to make a cameo appearance on a soap opera.

In a statement Friday, Bush says he was younger and less mature when the incident occurred, adding that he “acted foolishly in playing along.” He says he is sorry.

Bush recently joined NBC News’ “Today.” His statement was released by the network.

Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus is condemning crude comments made by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying in a statement that “No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.”

Priebus has been a champion of the billionaire businessman’s campaign since he won the party’s nomination.

But he was among the first Republicans to criticize the latest revelations of Trump’s comments about women.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is “sickened” by Donald Trump’s crude comments about women, revealed in an audio from 2005, and is calling on the Republican presidential nominee to show greater respect for women.

In a statement late Friday, Ryan says Trump will no longer be attending an annual fall festival in Wisconsin. The all-GOP event in Ryan’s home state had been planned with Trump, Ryan, Gov. Scott Walker and the head of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus.

Ryan, who has had a rocky relationship with Trump, says women are to be championed and revered. He adds that he hopes Trump will treat the fallout with the seriousness it deserves.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 

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