Donald Trump has finally responded to renewed sexual misconduct allegations
2017 has been a tempestuous year.
Characterised by Donald Trump's Presidency as much as anything else, 2017 has seen renewed tensions on the Korean peninsula, alongside a bizarre slew of bombastic, provocative statements from the President of the United States that have done nothing to relieve the building storm.
Those who had hoped that Trump's divisive, often incendiary campaign rhetoric would be replaced by something a little closer to Presidential norm will have been dismayed by the former businessman's first year in the White House, which kicked off almost immediately with an attempted travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries.
Since then, President Trump and his White House team have lurched from blunder to mishap, brushing each would-be disaster off with alarming alacrity.
Two elements of the Trump story have proved significantly harder to shift than others, though; the invesigation into his campaign team's alleged links to Russian officials, and the allegations of sexual misconduct against the President that first surfaced on last year's campaign trail.
The now infamous Access Hollywood tapes in which what is purportedly Donald Trump is heard making wild claims about "grabbing" women by their genitalia perhaps best sum up the furore about the President's indiscretions. Though the scandal had seemingly quitened down for a time, perhaps to the myriad of other potentially existential dramas that were captivating the world, the sexual misconduct allegations are now front and centre once more, after three women who have accused the President made a television appearance with Megyn Kelly.
During the interview, Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks, implored congress to look into Trump's behaviour.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering his penchant for firing back at anyone who dares criticise him, the President took to his preferred communicative medium of Twitter on Tuesday to hit back at the claims, writing;
"Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia - so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!"
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has also reportedly denied the allegations and apparently said she would provide a list of eyewitness accounts in support of the President's innocence, though no list has yet been forthcoming.
Meanwhile, New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called on Trump to resign over the allegations;
"These allegations are credible, they are numerous. I've heard these women's testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking."
The President responded on Twitter to Gillibrand's words in typically dismissive fashion, before she fired back;
"You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office."
One thing is for certain, the drama surrounding President Trump is not going away any time soon.