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President Donald Trump pauses as he is asked a question at the end of a meeting with Navajo Code Talkers in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

'Access Hollywood' said the infamous Trump tape is 'very real'


"Access Hollywood" on Monday pushed back on reports that President Trump doubts the authenticity of an infamous tape of him recorded during a stop on the NBC show.

“We wanted to clear something up that has been reported across the media landscape,” host Natalie Morales said.

“Let us make this perfectly clear – the tape is very real,” she added of the 2005 clip of Trump lewdly discussing women with then-"Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.

“Remember [Trump’s] excuse at the time was ‘locker-room talk.’ He said every one of those words.”

Actress Arianne Zucker – who also appeared on the tape – said during a separate interview with CNN Monday that she did not see how the footage could be faked.

“I don’t know how else that could be fake unless someone’s planting words in your mouth,” she said.

“How do you apologize for something and renege on it?” Zucker added of Trump. “It’s puzzling to me.”

The New York Times reported last Saturday that Trump told a senator earlier this year that the "Access Hollywood" tape involving him may not be real.

Trump recently repeated that notion to an adviser, seemingly at odds with his previous response to the recording’s public emergence last year.

The Washington Post published the 2005 clip in October 2016, mere weeks before voters picked between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Election Day.

The recording captured Trump bragging about groping and kissing women without their consent.

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Multiple women then publicly accused Trump of sexual misconduct ranging from assault to harassment.

Trump ultimately apologized for the clip, but he also denied the allegations against him and labeled his recorded remarks “locker-room talk” between men.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday refused to deny whether Trump considers the "Access Hollywood" tape fake.

“The president addressed this, this was litigated and certainly answered during the election by the overwhelming support for the president and the fact that he’s sitting here in the Oval Office today,” she said during a White House press briefing.


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