Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence distanced himself from Donald Trump, saying Saturday he was “offended” by his running-mate’s comments bragging about sexually harassing women. But the Indiana governor suggested he was still standing by the nominee, even as Republican officials called for Trump to step down.
“As a husband and father, I was offended by the words and actions described by Donald Trump in the eleven-year-old video released yesterday,” Pence said in a statement. “I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them. I am grateful that he has expressed remorse and apologized to the American people. We pray for his family and look forward to the opportunity he has to show what is in his heart when he goes before the nation tomorrow night.”
Trump told The Wall Street Journal on Saturday that there is “zero chance I’ll quit” and that “I never, ever give up,” trying to pivot to an attack on Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Trump said he is considering making a speech on Saturday night to discuss the controversy as well as his campaign’s positions. He said the commotion over his remarks will blow over as did others, such as his attacks on Sen. John McCain and his proposed ban on Muslims.
About his sexually charged statements caught on tape, Mr. Trump said, “People get it. They get life.”
Asked about the reaction of the two women with whom he is closest, wife Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump, he replied: “I was with Ivanka yesterday; I’m with Melania now. They fully understand, and they’re very loyal.”
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