President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at a woman who accused him of forcibly kissing her when they met at Trump Tower last decade.
“A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago,” the president wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning. “Never happened!”
Trump then went on to cast doubt on the notion that he would forcibly kiss a woman at Trump Tower in broad daylight with security cameras taping him.
“Who would do this in a public space with live security cameras running,” he wrote. “Another False Accusation.”
Trump then said that women accusing him of harassment were only out to make money for themselves.
“Why doesn’t @washingtonpost report the story of the women taking money to make up stories about me?” he wrote. “One had her home mortgage paid off. Only @FoxNews so reported…doesn’t fit the Mainstream Media narrative.”
The Washington Post story in question was written about Rachel Crooks, a woman who alleges Trump forcibly kissed her during a 2006 encounter in Trump Tower when she was working at Bayrock Group.
In the past, Crooks has said that her encounter with Trump left her feeling “totally powerless,” and she said it took her years to overcome the trauma she experienced from Trump’s forceful advances. At the time of the alleged encounter, Crooks was only 22 years old, while Trump was 59.
And despite Trump’s denials, he said on the infamous “Access Hollywood” video released in 2016 that he forcibly kissed beautiful women and even grabbed them by their genitals.
“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them,” Trump said. “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*ssy.”
Additionally, Trump’s description of the Post’s story in his tweet is inaccurate, as it states that his encounter with Crooks happened at the Bayrock offices — not in the lobby of Trump Tower, as the president claimed.