White House suggests that the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct are lying

  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if the White House's position on the women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct is that they are lying.
  • She said the White House has been clear on the subject.
  • Last week, Trump called the accusations "fake news."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested during Friday's press briefing that the women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct were lying.

Sanders was asked about the women in conjunction with the score of stories dominating news coverage involving prominent men being accused of serial sexual harassment or assault by dozens of women. Some included Hollywood producer and film executive Harvey Weinstein, director James Toback, and political journalist Mark Halperin.

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Actress Heather Lind says that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched her.

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Juanita Broaddrick (pictured with her husband David) claims former President Bill Clinton, when he was running for Governor of Arkansas in 1978, sexually assaulted her in a Little Rock hotel room. 

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Paula Jones (pictured in the December, 2000 issue of Penthouse magazine) accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment.

Jones is shown in a photograph from the layout, released October 23, 2000. (Photo via Reuters)

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky had a now-infamous affair with former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, and has characterized Clinton as having taken advantage of her during their affair.

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In an unauthorized biography of former first lady Nancy Reagan, Kitty Kelley published claims by actress Selene Walters (not pictured) that then-actor and future-president Ronald Reagan (pictured) forced her to have sex with him in the 1950s.

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Former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey accused former President Bill Clinton of inappropriately touching her. 

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Jessica Leeds came forward in 2016 to say that Presidend Donald Trump sexually assaulted her on a plane in the 1980s.

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President Donald Trump's ex-wife Ivana Trump claimed in a book published after they split that he violently forced himself on her during their marriage. 

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Thomas Jefferson is said to have raped Sally Hemings, his slave, and had six children with her -- all of whom were botn into slavery. 

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Allegations surrounding President Grover Cleveland involve a 38-year-old woman named Maria Halpin, who he allegedly raped after "courting" her and threatened her if she spoke about what occurred.

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President Richard Nixon was accused of "starting to make moves and then withdrawing" by secretary Nell Yates (pictured, left) as well as inappropriately touching other secretaries. 

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During a press conference alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Rose Garden, Trump said the accusations leveled against him by roughly a dozen women following the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape last fall were "fake news."

"All I can say is it's totally fake news," Trump said. "It's just fake. It's fake. It's made-up stuff, and it's disgraceful what happens. But that happens in the world of politics."

A reporter asked Sanders if the official White House position was that "all of these women are lying?"

"Yeah, we've been clear on that from the beginning and the president's spoken on it," Sanders said.

When the Weinstein scandal first broke, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel if there was a double standard for Republicans who were blasting the producer, a major Democratic Party donor, but defending Trump.

"It's not even comparable though," McDaniel said. "I mean, Harvey Weinstein brought women up to his hotel rooms. To even make that comparison is a disrespectful to the president. He didn't have eight settlements. He didn't have women coming forward saying ... I mean, Harvey Weinstein admits that he did that. This isn't even comparable."

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White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on Octobr 30, 2017. US President Donald Trump has 'no plan or intention' to change special counsel probing possible collusion in Russia's effort to sway the 2016 presidential elections.The assurance came hours after special counsel Robert Mueller announced indictments against three Trump campaign aides, including former chairman Paul Manafort.'The president said last week and I said several times before, there is no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel,' White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the press briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, on Monday, June 5, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a White House daily briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House June 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Huckabee Sanders stood in for Press Secretary Sean Spicer to host the daily press briefing. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. September 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders (L), White House senior adviser Jared Kushner (C) and White House chief of staff John Kelly (R) look on after US President Donald Trump signed a proclamation calling for a national day of prayer on September 3 for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 11, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (L) and Thomas Homan, acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), hoold a briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry arrives to take the podium from Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the press briefing at the White House in WQashington, DC, on June 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
(l-r), White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders looks on, while Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator, delivered the press briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, on Monday, June 5, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 9: White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to reporters outside the West Wing after President Donald J. Trump terminated FBI Director James Comey, at the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 09, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: Reporters and members of the media as questions as Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (L) waits to speak as press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders introduces him during a White House briefing October 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Kelly spoke about the process of the military notifying family members of a death, his own son's death Afghanistan, and the controversy surrounding the news of U.S. President Trump's phone calls to Gold Star families. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Sarah H. Sanders takes questions during a briefing at the White House October 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, takes questions during a White House press briefing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. President�Donald Trump�and his spokeswoman on Friday repeatedly declined to clarify the cryptic remark�he made while posing for photos with military leaders that the gathering might represent 'the calm before the storm.' Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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