Donald Trump clarified the comments he made about Meghan Markle that landed him in hot water just before his visit with the Queen and other royal family members.
The President of the United States was not only accused last week of calling the Duchess of Sussex "nasty," but he was recorded doing so, making it that much harder to deny the claim.
The president still attempted to deny the allegation by clarifying exactly what he meant by nasty when he described Markle as such in an interview with the Sun. A clip of his denial interview is found further below.
Trump was addressing statements that Markle made years ago when he was running for the presidency. At the time, the new mother called Trump "divisive and misogynistic."
She added that if Trump were to win, she would move to Canada. Trump reacted by saying "I didn't know that. What can I say? I didn't know that she was nasty."
In a Tuesday interview with Piers Morgan which aired on ITV, Trump was asked if he thinks Markle is nasty, to which he responded, "No the question was asked to me and I said 'well, I didn't know she was nasty.' "
"She was nasty to me. And that's OK for her to be nasty, it's not good for me to be nasty to her and I wasn't. You know what? She's doing a good job, I hope she enjoys her life... I think she's very nice."
Markle did not attend the state banquet hosted by the queen for Trump's visit to the United Kingdom. However, Prince Harry was in attendance and there was also some controversy with him.
It looked to most people like Harry intentionally avoided being close to Trump at the banquet. Trump also addressed this in his interview with Morgan:
"No, no, no, just the opposite. He's a terrific guy. He spent a lot of time talking to Ivanka and talking to my family. I went up - he couldn't have been nicer. Couldn't have been nicer… I think he's great."
Trump said he intended to address the "nasty" comments but it didn't come up. "It was so falsely put out there," he insisted. They then discussed other members of the royal family.
Trump had a conversation with Prince Charles, with whom he spoke to for an hour and a half about various topics including climate change. Overall, the president called the royal family "really nice."
During the interview, Trump was offered to wear the Winston Churchill hat which he popped on to the amusement of Morgan. The host remarked that his country's prime minister "looked much better" in the hat.
Trump and Melania went on the three-day state visit to the United Kingdom on Monday. It was the first of his presidency, which is said to be due partially to Trump's reputation.
Trump's initial response to the comment came in the form of a tweet on Sunday which read: "I never called Meghan Markle ‘nasty.’ Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold!"
"Will @CNN, @nytimes, and others apologize? Doubt it!" he ended. Trump's excuse may hold up for the time, but the talks of a rift between him and Markle will likely linger for a while.