Kevin McCarthy: 'I believe the president' on E. Jean Carroll allegation

Kevin McCarthy: 'I believe the president' on E. Jean Carroll allegation
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Democrats erupt over Trump attacks Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid MORE (R-Calif.) said he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE's denial of writer E. Jean Carroll's rape allegation against him. 

“I’ve never met her, I understand what the president said, so I know nothing more about the situation,” McCarthy said at a press conference Tuesday. 

"The president said this is not true,” he added. 

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Asked whether he believes Trump, he responded, “Yes,  I believe the president.”

Trump has denied Carroll's allegation, including in an exclusive interview with The Hill on Monday. 

“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” he said. He also previously denied the allegation. 

New York magazine last week published Carroll's allegation of rape against the president alongside a photo identifying Carroll, Trump, his then-wife Ivana Trump and Carroll's then-husband, John Johnson, attending the same party around 1987.

She wrote that she ran into Trump in Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s. She alleged that they eventually ended up in the dressing room where Trump lunged at her, pushed her against a wall, kissed her, pulled down her tights and raped her.