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'Not the image I want': Trump NZ interview

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/10/2016

Donald Trump declared it was fortunate he didn't have to run for public office when asked about his womanising ways in a 1993 interview with New Zealand media.

The interview with TV3 came to light on Monday just days after the Washington Post released tapes revealing vulgar and sexist comments the presidential candidate made about women in 2005.

Prominent Republicans have begun distancing themselves from their candidate after comments in the tapes, including Trump bragging about groping women and trying to seduce a married woman, came to light.

In the 1993 New Zealand interview Trump responded to questions about his image as a "high rolling tycoon associated with glamorous women" by saying that was not the image he wanted.

"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," he said.

"But I do have a level of popularity and frankly it's not the image I want, the image I want is that I'm doing great in business."

Trump was on a one-day visit to Auckland to apply for a casino license when he made the comments.

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