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Lucky I don't have to run for office says Trump in 1993 New Zealand interview

Published 10/10/2016

The interviewer recalled Donald Trump, pictured, being open about his personal life during his New Zealand visit (AP)
The interviewer recalled Donald Trump, pictured, being open about his personal life during his New Zealand visit (AP)

A 23-year-old video interview unearthed in New Zealand shows Donald Trump talking about his womanising image and saying it was fortunate that he did not have to run for political office.

The video was released on Monday by New Zealand's TV3, which conducted the 1993 interview with Mr Trump, now the US Republican presidential nominee.

At the time, Mr Trump was making an ultimately unsuccessful bid to start a casino in New Zealand.

In the video, interviewer Owen Poland asks Mr Trump: "On a more personal level, a lot of people have this image of you as a high-rolling tycoon associated with glamorous women. Is that the sort of image you enjoy of yourself?"

Mr Trump responds: "No, I don't enjoy that image. I guess I have that image. I think women are beautiful, I think certain women are more beautiful than others, to be perfectly honest. And it's fortunate I don't have to run for political office."

On Friday, a 2005 tape was released in which Mr Trump bragged about kissing and groping women without their consent. During the second presidential debate in St Louis, Missouri, on Sunday, he repeatedly called his comments "locker room talk".

The New Zealand television station's Newshub news gathering division on Monday released just the 30-second back-and-forth with Mr Trump and not the full 1993 interview.

Mr Poland, now a freelance journalist and media trainer, said he recalled Mr Trump being open about his personal life during his visit.

"It's funny how 23 years later a one-liner like that, which is what it is really, kind of comes back and bites you," he said.

New Zealand's prime minister John Key weighed in, describing Mr Trump's 2005 comments as "indefensible". Asked about the New Zealand video, Mr Key said he had not seen it but had heard about it, and added: "It's all on a bit of consistent theme, really, isn't it?"

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