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BBC runs story days before presidential visit on whether Trump is 'sex pest'

BBC runs story days before presidential visit on whether Trump is 'sex pest'
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Days before President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE is set to visit the United Kingdom, the BBC ran a special program focused on his actions with women in the 1980s and 1990s with the provocative title "Trump: Is the president a sex pest?"

The 30-minute report aired Monday as part of the BBC’s investigative programming series titled "BBC Panorama." The segment is likely to stir controversy ahead of Trump’s stay in the United Kingdom later this week.

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Vice News reported that one woman, Barbara Piling, told the network that she met Trump — who would have been in his 40s at the time — at a party in New York in the late 1980s. She claimed that when she told Trump that she was 17, he responded that she was “not too old and not too young.”

Another woman, Heather Braden, recounted attending a party in Miami in the 1990s, where Trump was one of just a few men at the event, along with close to 50 women. She said she felt "like a piece of meat" at the gathering.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on the BBC report.

Trump has faced allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women dating back to the 2016 presidential race. Various women alleged Trump groped them or kissed them without consent or made inappropriate comments in the decades before he entered politics.

Trump and the White House have denied all of the accusations.

The full BBC report is not available online outside of the United Kingdom. However, a few British news outlets — including The Sun, The Mirror and the Daily Mail — reported on some of the new allegations that Trump made lewd comments or exhibited questionable behavior.

Other daily news outlets, including The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times, did not appear to cover the BBC report.

The BBC's report is likely to drive conversation ahead of Trump's arrival in the United Kingdom on Thursday, where he is already expected to be greeted by thousands of protesters.

Trump is deeply unpopular in certain pockets of Great Britain. The Mayor of Sheffield, England, announced last week he is "banning" the president from the city, even though Trump is unlikely to travel there.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has been vocally critical of Trump, approved a request last week from protesters who plan to fly a large "Trump baby" blimp over Parliament during the president's visit.

Trump will largely steer clear of London during his stay, but the White House disputed that it was to avoid the likely protests.

Trump's policies and rhetoric have at times tested the "special relationship" between the U.S. and the U.K. He drew widespread criticism from British leaders last year when he shared a video on Twitter from a far-right British political group that purported to show Muslims committing violence.

He and British Prime Minister Theresa May have most recently clashed over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on the U.K. and other allies.

May, meanwhile, is dealing with turmoil in her own government. Multiple officials, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, resigned Monday, citing frustration with May's approach to withdrawing Britain from the European Union.

Trump spoke to reporters Tuesday morning before departing for his weeklong trip to Europe. He said he gets along with May "very well." 

"I have NATO, I have the U.K., which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin," Trump said, previewing his three meetings in the week ahead.

"Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all," he added. "Who would think? Who would think? But the U.K. certainly has a — they have a lot of things going on."

The BBC, which is publicly-funded, also spoke to a man, whose identity was not given, who said he was at some of the same events as Trump. He compared the then-businessman to a “predator” and claimed Trump would brag to his friends about the women he interacted with.

"It was like a predator in action."