Melania Trump is coming to her husband's defense as his campaign continues to be dogged with allegations of sexual misconduct, saying Donald Trump was "egged on" when he made those explicit comments about women in the now infamous 2005 hot mic conversation with former "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.
While she said she told the Republican presidential nominee that his remarks were "inappropriate" and "not acceptable," the former supermodel told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday that she casts the blame for the words — which she called "boy talk" — on Bush, not her husband of 11 years.
"I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know," Melania Trump said. "And as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on, it was only a mic, and I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on because they were kind of [engaged in] boy talk."
"He was lead on, like egg[ed] on, from the host to say dirty and bad stuff," she added.
While Donald Trump did talk about attempting to seduce a woman at the start of the explicit conversation, which took place in an "Access Hollywood" bus, it appeared to be Bush who was first to make a comment about the female stars they were moments away from meeting.
The billionaire businessman's wife went on to tell Cooper that she was caught off guard by the comments, which were released 10 days ago, because the footage does not reflect the type of language Donald Trump has used throughout their marriage.
While she said she has heard has heard those kind of comments from young men who want to impress their friends, Melania Trump noted to the CNN host that she was "of course" startled by Donald Trump's use of such verbiage.