Donald Trump Hits Back After Women Reveal Shocking Alleged Encounters with the Presumptive GOP Nominee
" 'Don't you think my daughter's hot? She's hot, right?' " Donald Trump allegedly asked one woman about then-16-year-old Ivanka Trump
Donald Trump is hitting back at the New York Times after the newspaper published a collection of personal stories from women who either met or knew the presumptive GOP nominee before the 2016 presidential election.
Dozens of women – involved in every facet of his businesses, including modeling and real estate, as well as some that were romantically linked to Trump – were interviewed by the Times, revealing shocking alleged encounters and anecdotes.
Temple Taggart was 21 when she meant Trump as Miss Utah in the 1997 Miss USA pageant.
“He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, ‘Oh my God, gross,’ ” Taggart told the Times of their first meeting. “He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.’ ”
Trump told the publication that he wouldn’t kiss a stranger on the lips, but Taggart claimed that he did it, again, at the Trump Tower while advising her to lie about her age to get ahead in the modeling world.
That same year, then-Miss Universe Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee said he asked her of his daughter Ivanka Trump, 17 at the time, ” ‘Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?’ ”
“I was like, ‘Really?’ That’s just weird. She was 16. That’s creepy,” Lee said.
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The Times stories also encompass what some women say is Trump’s mean streak. Barbara A. Res, head of construction for Trump in the 1980s, said that after some weight gain, the businessman told her, “You like your candy.”
“It was him reminding me that I was overweight,” Res explained.
In response to the interviews, Trump took to Twitter, slamming the Times.
“The failing @nytimes wrote yet another hit piece on me. All are impressed with how nicely I have treated women, they found nothing. A joke,” he wrote, later adding, “Everyone is laughing at the @nytimes for the lame hit piece they did on me and women.I gave them many names of women I helped-refused to use.”
“Why doesn’t the failing @nytimes write the real story on the Clintons and women? The media is TOTALLY dishonest,” he said on Sunday.
“They understand me and they understand life and they’re very sophisticated, they’re very strong and they’re great,” he explained.