Donald Trump admits he is 'very much a germaphobe'


Though he has denied the label the past, Donald Trump dismissed salacious claims against him by saying he is "a germaphobe."

At a press conference Wednesday, the president-elect addressed reports that Russian intelligence obtained information about him as a result of an illicit encounter reportedly captured on video.

Footage allegedly shows him with prostitutes in hotel room in 2013, where the women urinated on the bed.

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Trump laughed as he dismissed those claims, sharing that he's actually "very much a germaphobe."

Germaphobia, also known as Mysophobia, is the abnormal fear of or distaste for uncleanliness or contamination.

He denied that condition in the past.

In a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Trump said he's not afraid to shake hands or kiss babies on the campaign trail.

"I'm not germaphobic," he told the outlet. "I want to make the country great, I'm going to win, I think I have a very good chance of winning."

For years, media outlets have pointed out that Trump hates shaking hands.

When he toyed with the idea of running for president in 2011, Trump's friend Roger Stone told Politico that the real estate mogul would only run for office if he could do so without shaking any hands.

"He's Donald Trump. There's a public fascination," he said. "So I don't think he has to go shake hands among the pig farmers ... We're well aware of his position on hand-shaking."

The president-elect reportedly does not even like to push the ground floor elevator button because it has been touched by so many other people, Mother Jones reports.

The Fiscal Times notes that when he must shake someone's hand, Trump has an "interesting technique of vigorously pulling the other person close into his body."

Trump is not the only famous person who struggles with germaphobia.

TV host Howie Mandel told ABC News he struggles with OCD and a fear of germs.

"In my mind [my hand] is like a petri dish," he said. "Otherwise I would spend the day, as I have in the past in my life in the men's room rubbing and scrubbing and scalding."

Other noted germaphobes include Howard Hughes and Michael Jackson.