Republican candidate Donald Trump says he will continue in his campaign to become US President, despite calls from many in his own party for him to drop out of the race.
There have been numerous calls for Trump to stand down after audio emerged of him making vulgar comments about women in 2005. In a video made while he was walking to the set of soap opera Days of Our Lives, he is heard saying women would let him do anything because he was famous.
“I’d never withdraw. I’ve never withdrawn in my life,” said the 70-year-old father-of-five. He added: “No, I’m not quitting this race. I have tremendous support. People are calling and saying ‘don’t even think about doing anything else but running.”
He said people had no idea of the support he continued to have. “They’re not going to make me quit,” he continued, “and they can’t make me quit. The Republicans, you’ve got to remember, have been running for a long time. The reason they don’t win is because they don’t stick together.”
Trump continued that it was not him who was flawed, but his rival, the Democrat andidate Hillary Clinton. “She’s so flawed as a candidate,” he said. “Running against her makes it a lot easier, that’s for sure.”
Despite his comments, Trump said both his wife Melania, a former model, and his daughter Ivanka, a businesswoman and also a former model, understood the situation and were very loyal to him.
Melania has, however, publically slammed her husband’s comments, saying they were both unacceptable and offensive. However, she goes on: “This does not represent the man I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world.”