Melania refused to appear on TV with Trump after ‘Access Hollywood’ tape: Woodward book

First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain White House announces spring garden tour dates Trump heard sermon on calling out hate speech at St. Patrick's day church service MORE reportedly refused to appear on television with her then-presidential candidate husband following the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward writes in his upcoming book that the first lady rejected a request for a joint appearance with her husband as the campaign tried to control the damage.

“Not doing that,” the first lady said, according to an excerpt from Woodward’s book published by The Guardian. “No way. No, no, no.”

The infamous tape, leaked just weeks ahead of the election, reveals Trump bragging about kissing and groping women without their consent, including saying he would “grab them by the pussy.” 


The president, as recently as this week, has questioned the validity of the tape, or suggested that it was leaked “illegally.”

Following the release of the tape, Melania issued a statement saying the language used was "offensive" but said it did "not represent the man that I know."

"The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me,” Melania Trump said shortly after the release of the tape and after her husband issued an apology. “This does not represent the man that 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."

The account in Woodward’s book is yet another example of an allegedly tense relationship between the first couple.

The first lady has made a number of statements appearing to break with her husband during his time in office. Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanBlack journalists' group places CNN on 'special monitoring list' Juan Williams: Racial shifts spark fury in Trump and his base Omarosa: There's a ‘big red line’ for Trump in Cohen's testimony MORE wrote in her book that Melania uses fashion choices to “punish” her husband.

Woodward’s book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," details a White House rife with chaos and personal insults. Trump has pushed back on some of the claims and has used the book to suggest that libel laws should be changed.