Billy Bush on Trump: 'Of course he said it'

Billy Bush on Trump: 'Of course he said it'

Billy Bush on Trump: 'Of course he said it'

Billy Bush has confirmed that Donald Trump said "Grab 'em by the p***y" during a 2005 Access Hollywood interview.

"He said it", Bush said, definitively.

"And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America's highest-rated bloviator", said Bush, who was sacked from NBC's "Today" after the tape surfaced past year.

Bush, who was recorded listening to Trump's dirty comments about grabbing women "by the pussy", countered outright the recent reports that the USA president was denying the remarks.

"Every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass stand-up act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real". He vowed to support women in the future and lamented the fact that he had lost his job over the tape while Trump was elected president ("the irony is glaring", he said).

Journalist Billy Bush said Sunday he believes the women who have accused the president of unwanted groping, adding the president's recent "revisionist" history of "Access Hollywood" hit a "nerve" with him.

At the time, Trump shrugged it off as "locker room talk", but NBC fired Bush. On Sunday, he pushed that notion again. "Was I acting out of self-interest?"

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"He was relentless", she said. Was I alone? Far from it.

In the op-ed, Bush, who was sacked from the Today show after the tape's release, said he laughed along at the time because he thought Trump had been making a crude joke.

Bush went on to say that he and and all the other men who heard Trump say it "now know better" - referencing the numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault that have since been made against the president. "We now know better", Bush wrote in his Times op-ed.

So while Bush doesn't cop to enabling Trump's sexual transgressions, he does confess that he and the others present that day were guilty of "sacrificing a bit our ourselves" to climb the corporate ladder.

'You have my respect and admiration. "You are culture warriors at the forefront of necessary change", he concluded.

Bush wrote that he hopes "the current media drama of who did what to whom will give way to a constructive dialogue between mature men and women in the workplace and beyond".

He said he doesn't need the "accouterments of fame to know God and be happy". "After everything over the previous year, I think I'm a better man and father to my three teenage daughters - far from ideal, but better".

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