Presidential Election 2016

It's Billy's Fault! Melania Trump Blasts Bush For X-Rated 'Access' Audio

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Oct. 19 2016, Updated 12:36 p.m. ET

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Billy Bush deserves to take the heat for his humiliating Donald Trump audio debacle, according to Trump's wife Melania, because he pushed the presidential candidate to get raunchy in the first place!

Melania addressed the audio publicly, in person, for the first time since its release earlier this month as she sat down with Anderson Cooper for an interview set to air tonight.

"It was 10 days ago that Access Hollywood released that tape," he says in a preview clip released by CNN. "I'm wondering when you first saw it , when you first heard it, what did you think?"

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Echoing comments she made in a statement released right after the tape's leak, Melania told Cooper, "I, I said to my husband that you know the language was unappropriate (sic). It's not acceptable and I was surprised, because that is not the man that I know."

"And as you can see from the tape, the cameras were not on. It was only a mic," she continued. "And I wonder if they even knew that the mic was on. Because they were kind of, ah, boy talk."

Not naming Bush, she insisted, "And he was lead on. Like egged on from the host to say uh dirty and bad stuff."

"You feel the host, Billy Bush, was sort of egging him on?" Cooper clarified, and Melania answered, "Yes. Yes."

As Radar reported, Bush is currently suspended from TODAY and in negotiations to leave permanently.

Watch the clip here, and tune in to AC360 tonight at 8 pm ET on CNN for the full story.

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