Donald Trump finally speaks out on the infamous 'Access Hollywood' tapes
The 45th President of the United States has run into his fair share of controversy since he was elected as the veritable leader of the western world in 2016. Even his election campaign, which he ran against former Secretary of State and political powerhouse, Hillary Clinton was blighted by scandal after scandal.
Certainly, just before American citizens were due to cast their votes, a now infamous recording emerged of Donald Trump making sex boasts. The video clip showed the former Apprentice star and billionaire business mogul bragging to television host Billy Bush about his attempts to sleep with a married woman. He is heard saying:
"I just start kissing them [...] It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything."
Trump ultimately admitted that it was him in the clip, apologised for his actions, and even released a video of him offering a public apology. However, it appears that just a year later, the President of the United States is claiming that the voice on the recording was not him after all.
The news came to light after New York Times journalist, Maggie Haberman alluded to it in an article about Donald Trump's unwavering support of Alabama Senate hopeful, Roy Moore, who was recently accused of sexual harassment.
"But something deeper has been consuming Mr Trump.
"He sees the calls for Mr. Moore to step aside as a version of the response to the now-famous 'Access Hollywood' tape, in which he boasted about grabbing women’s genitalia, and the flood of groping accusations against him that followed soon after.
"He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic, and repeated that claim to an adviser more recently."
And it's evident that this was quite the revelation for the world, who not only had Donald Trump verify its existence, but had to witness his ascension to President in spite of it.
CNN producer, Vaughn Sterling, picked up on the news and took to Twitter to call on Maggie for confirmation. He wrote, "Wait, is Trump now suggesting the Access Hollywood tape is not an authentic recording? Has this been reported before?"
To which Maggie promptly responded, "You’re reading it correctly. It began in January and it hasn’t been reported before."
Well, I guess we will just have to wait to see how this story unfolds. I mean, at this point, nothing that Donald Trump does is much of a surprise. In fact, the more contradictory and controversial it is, the better it seems to be.