Top aide: Trump just defending himself with threats to sue accusers

While Donald Trump devoted most of a big weekend speech to policy, he also spent time attacking his critics and threatening to sue women who have accused him of inappropriate sexual advances, which a top aide said Sunday is simply the GOP nominee defending himself.

"It's a way to defend himself, and remind everybody what he has said many times, which is none of this is true," campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press. "They're fabrications, they're all lies."

While Trump used his speech Saturday in Gettysburg, Pa., to outline his first 100 days in office, he also wanted to talk about "the rigged, corrupt system" he is fighting, Conway told NBC. "And it did, unfortunately, include some of the media. Not most, not all, but it does include some."

In recent weeks, more than ten women have come forward to accuse Trump of some form of sexual assault.

Condemning his accusers in his speech at Gettysburg, Trump said that "all of these liars will be sued once the election is over ... I look so forward to doing that." (Some commentators on social media noted that, in making his lawsuit threat, Trump may have exposed himself to defamation lawsuits from his accusers.)'

During a discussion of his first 100 days as president, Trump talked about cutting taxes, reducing federal regulations, cracking down on illegal immigration, a government pay freeze, and new lobbying restrictions on former government officials. The Republican nominee pledged to "drain the swamp" of Washington, D.C.

Conway, appearing Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, acknowledged Trump used to be an "insider" himself, and "that gives him the credibility and the legitimacy to go and fight the system from the outside in. He knows how corrosive and corrupt it is."

Trump and his aides said Democrats and the media are behind the accusations that have surfaced in recent weeks.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said "these accusations are not coming from our campaign." Asked on CNN if the Clinton campaign has had any contact with Trump's accusers, Mook said, "not that I'm aware of — I don’t know about any contact."

Mook also noted that Trump spent time during his policy address attacking his accusers.

"His top priority right now is to attack these people ... who are bringing up concerns," Mook said. "We're seeing it across the board. He should just apologize and move on,"

Copyright 2016 KING


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