Rudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trump’s top advisers, said Sunday that he cannot defend the GOP presidential nominee’s crude remarks on a recently released audiotape, but was steadfast in saying Trump remains the country’s best choice for president and that he will stay in the race.
“I’m not here to defend his comments,” Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, told “Fox News Sunday.” “His comments were wrong. They were reprehensible.”
The comments were recorded in a 2005 audiotape, and in an accompanying video tape, that was released Friday by The Washington Post and NBC. They included Trump describing his failed attempt to have sex with a married woman. Trump also brags in the tapes about women letting him kiss and grab them because he is famous.
Giuliani said he thinks Trump will remain in the race, despite a long list of Republicans -- from party leaders to senators in tough re-election bids -- denouncing the comments and, in some cases, calling for him to quit the race.
“I believe he’s going to remain in the race,” Giuliani told Fox News, from Trump Tower.
He also argued that Trump -- a first-time candidate, wealthy New York businessman and former reality TV star -- is a better choice than Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to move the country forward.
He suggested that Trump can best create more jobs for the middle-class, including returning manufacturing jobs in America’s heartland, and that he remains the “outsider” best suited to take the country back from “insiders.”
Though Giuliani declined to defend Trump’s comments on the 11-year-old tape, he defended the nominee’s character and argued the past 14 months, including hearing voters’ struggles, has changed Trump for the better.
“I’ve known Donald Trump for more than 30 years,” he said. “He’s a wonderful father. He’s been a gentleman.”
Giuliani also attempted to explain why he replaced Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who cancelled her planned appearance on "Fox News Sunday," saying he thinks the issue was "scheduling."
"Kellyanne is still a very strong supporter of Donald Trump," he also said.