President Donald Trump defended his tweet that he heard a woman cry for help and then apologized.
In a tweet Sunday, Trump wrote: “I heard a lady cry for assistance from a man sitting next to her.
The woman was yelling and begging for help.
I was trying to help.
Did she make a mistake?
Of course not!”
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, he repeated the comment, saying, “I never said I was going to hit her.
I never said that.
I don’t remember saying that.
But I was very sorry.”
Trump said that he told the woman to calm down and that he “was trying to make sure that she got to a hospital and that they had the help she needed.”
Trump has previously suggested that the woman in the video was trying out for a reality show.
“When you are sitting there on the street and people are trying to pick up a woman, and it’s just so crowded, people are begging for her help, and she’s not there, and the other lady is saying, ‘Oh, my God, I need help,’ and you see this woman sitting there begging, I said, ‘No, I’m sorry.
I’m just trying to do my job,'” Trump said in an interview on “Meet The Press” on March 18.
Trump also said he didn’t think the video showed the woman crying because she was “not crying for help.”
But when the woman said that the man in the seat next to hers was the one crying for her, Trump said, “It was a little bit of a different story.”
“That woman, I can tell you, she didn’t cry for me,” Trump added.
The president also said the video shows the president making a mistake and saying, ”I didn’t mean to hit the woman.
I didn’t hit the lady.””
He said, I did not mean to.
I mean, that’s why I apologized.
I apologize,” Trump said.”
I think if you look at what happened, and look at the way she was treated by him, you know, I think it’s something that I’m going to have to take into account in the future.”ABC News’ Amy Smith contributed to this report.