President Trump: "I've been falsely charged numerous times"
Donald Trump says Joe Biden 'should respond' to sexual assault allegations saying 'I've been falsely charged numerous times' - then compares Democratic candidate to 'horribly treated' Brett Kavanaugh
President Trump said Joe Biden 'should respond' to sexual assault allegations made by a former Senate staffer that are currently dragging down the Democrat's presidential campaign.
'I think that he should respond,' Trump told reporters at an event in the White House's East Room. 'It could be false accusations. I know all about false accusations. I have been falsely charged numerous times.'
In the past, the president has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
A number of women told their stories on the heels of the release of the infamous 'Access Hollywood' tape where Trump is heard bragging about being able to do anything with women because he's a celebrity, including 'grab them by the p****.'
'And there is such a thing,' the president said Thursday about false accusations.
He then pointed to his Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, whose nomination was nearly derailed because of an accusation made by Christine Blasey Ford, who knew Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.
'If you look at Brett Kavanaugh, there is an outstanding man. He was falsely charged,' Trump said. 'What happened with him was an absolute disgrace to the country.'
'I saw a man suffering so unfairly,' Trump continued. 'I am talking about Brett Kavanaugh.'
Trump, who will face off against Biden in the November presidential election, denied that his campaign was 'going after him hard' on ex-staffer Tara Reade's allegation.
'But I don't know, I can't speak for Biden,' Trump said. 'I only think that he should respond and answer them.'
As Trump was holding his event on honoring America's seniors, NBC News announced that Biden would speak to the allegations - Friday morning on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' program with hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist.
Reade accused Biden of putting his hand down her skirt and fondling her while she was trying to return a gym bag to the then-U.S. senator while she was working as his aide.
'He just had me up against the wall and the wall was cold,' she had told journalist Katie Halper in March. 'His hands were on me and underneath my clothes. He went down my skirt and then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers. He was kissing me at the same time,' she said.
Up until this point, Biden's campaign has spoken on his behalf.
In March, when major news outlet started doing reporting on the story his deputy campaign manager and communications director, Kate Bedingfield, put out a statement.
'Women have the right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false,' Bedingfield said.
The campaign also provided news outlets with a character witness: Marianne Baker, an executive assistant to Biden from 1982 to 2000.
'In all my years working for Senator Biden, I never once witnessed, or heard of, or received, any reports of inappropriate conduct, period - not from Ms. Reade, not from anyone,' Baker said in a statement, provided by the campaign.
'I have absolutely no knowledge or memory of Ms. Reade's accounting of events, which would have left a searing impression on me as a woman professional, and as a manager,' Baker continued.
'These clearly false allegations are in complete contradiction to both the inner workings of our Senate office and to the man I know and worked so closely with for almost two decades,' Baker added.
Last year, when Biden was mounting his presidential campaign, a number of women - including Reade - came out and complained about him being inappropriately handsy.
Joe Biden is set to appear on 'Morning Joe' Friday to talk about the allegations made by his former staffer Tara Reade. Biden's campaign has called Reade's claims false, but Biden has never spoken about them publicly
President Trump brought up Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when talking about the assault allegations hurled at Biden. 'I saw a man suffering so unfairly,' Trump said at the White House Thursday.
Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer of Biden's, said he put his hand down her skirt and fondled her while she was trying to return a gym bag to the now presumptive Democratic nominee for president