Amid criticisms over his lewd and sexually charged comments, US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday apologised for a video recorded in 2005 and released by a news daily, wherein he brags about using his name and fame to get intimate with women.
Following the release of the 2005 recording, the Republican presidential nominee initially said he was sorry “if anyone was offended” over what he called “locker room banter”.
However, in the face of a fierce backlash, Trump issued a more forthright video apology in which he said: “I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more than a decade-old video are one of them.”
“Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologise,” Trump said. “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down,” he added.
The Hillary Clinton’s political rival bragged about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women on a video recording was released by The Washington Post and NBC News on Friday.
The former reality TV star boasted “when you’re a star, they let you do it”, in a conversation with Billy Bush, then a host of the television show “Access Hollywood”, as he waited to make a cameo appearance on a soap opera 11 years ago.
According to news reports, the statements were captured by a live microphone that Trump did not appear to know was recording their conversation.
The video’s release came just two days before Trump will face his rival, Hillary Clinton, in their second presidential debate and as he confronts a series of stories about his past comments about women.
Describing the comments as “horrific”, Hillary Clinton said: “We cannot allow this man to become president.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan said: “I am sickened by what I heard today.
“I hope Mr Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests,” Ryan said.