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Donald Trump comments offensive, says Cabinet minister Damian Green

Published 14/10/2016

Donald Trump's campaign has been rocked by the leak of a tape in which he bragged about his fame allowing him to
Donald Trump's campaign has been rocked by the leak of a tape in which he bragged about his fame allowing him to "do anything" to women

Donald Trump's lewd comments about women have been condemned as "offensive" by a Cabinet minister.

The US presidential hopeful's campaign has been rocked by the leak of a tape in which he bragged about his fame allowing him to "do anything" to women.

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green refused to say whether he believed Mr Trump was "unfit" to enter the White House.

"I think it's a seriously bad idea for government ministers from another country to try and advise democratic, friendly countries which way to vote," he said on BBC's Question Time.

"I'm not being unnecessarily pompous, I'm just being careful."

But Mr Green, who was appearing on the show alongside shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and journalist Isabel Oakeshott, hit out at the Republican nominee's comments about women.

He said: "I will comment on the words, partly because both Isabel and Emily said as a woman she found those words he said offensive. Can I say that, as a man, I found those words offensive as well."

Ms Thornberry said: "As a woman I thought his comments were completely disgusting and totally offensive and, of course, he shouldn't be American president."

Since the publication of a 2005 recording in which the Republican nominee boasted of using his fame to kiss and grab women without their consent, Mr Trump has been hit by a series of allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour - something he has vigorously denied.

The presidential hopeful has blamed the accusations on White House rival Hillary Clinton's campaign and the news media.

"These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it," Mr Trump said.

His accusers, he said, "are horrible people. They're horrible, horrible liars".

Mr Green has become the latest Government figure to criticise the man who could be elected president in November.

Prime Minister Theresa May, in her former role as home secretary, rebuked Mr Trump for being "plain wrong" to accuse British Muslims of failing to report suspected terrorists.

During his time as London mayor, Boris Johnson - now Foreign Secretary - said Mr Trump was "unfit to hold the office of the president of the United States" for his comments about Islamist radicalisation in London.

And while he was in Number 10, David Cameron said Mr Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the US was " divisive, stupid and wrong".

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