President-elect Donald Trump has been filling up his White House cabinet in recent weeks, announcing CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder as his labor secretary nominee on Thursday.
Puzder appeared on CNBC in October, following the Washington Post‘s release of video recordings of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. The tape was from 2005.
Specifically, he said he could “grab them by the p*ssy” and also get away with doing so because of his status. He also said of TV host Nancy O’Dell, “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married.”
During Andrew Ross Sorkin’s CNBC segment, he asked Puzder about Trump’s statements, AlterNet reports. Sorkin asked, “How did you feel about his comments about women?”
“Well first of all, I’m not here to be a Donald Trump apologist,” Puzder said in the segment. “I think there are much more important issues than the personal deficiencies.”
“They’re hand in hand,” Sorkin cut in. “You can’t separate [Trump’s] values and whatever he — whatever you think he represents economically and what he has said.”
Sorkin read Puzder’s own restaurant ethics policy to him, and asked him again about Trump’s comments. “Let me read this to you and I want you to tell me what you think of this,” he said. “This is your own ethics policy at your restaurant and so, I’m curious whether you get to keep your job under these circumstances.”
You say that this is prohibited: Request for dates, sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, comments, actions, offensive jokes, slurs or other offensive verbal or physical behavior, or any similar conduct that creates, encourages, or permits an intimidating, offensive or hostile work environment.
He then asked if any of Trump’s comments from the tapes would fall under these categories.
“Well it depends upon whether they’re true,” Puzder started, before cutting himself off. He then deflected and turned the conversation to focus on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, calling her corrupt, dishonest and power hungry.
He then referred to Trump as an alpha male, “Bill Clinton type candidate.” Trump repeatedly defended his “p*ssy grabbing” comments by suggesting that accusations against Bill Clinton were worse. Puzder compared the two “alpha males.”
Watch the full clip below.