Despite audio, Trump denies calling Meghan Markle ‘nasty’

Donald Trump once again took the opportunity to bash the "fake news media" on Sunday when he denied calling Meghan Markle "nasty" — even though the President can be clearly heard using the word in reference to the Duchess of Sussex.

Trump had been asked about Markle during a recent interview with The Sun newspaper, and was told that she had made unflattering remarks about him during the 2016 election fight, including that she would move to Canada if he won.

“A lot of people are moving here. So, what can I say? No, I didn’t know that she was nasty,” Trump told the UK tabloid. The comment was captured on audio.

Trump’s campaign tweeted the audio of the interview on Saturday as it criticized the media for taking his comments out of context. Trump doubled-down on his own Twitter feed on Sunday.

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“I never called Meghan Markle ‘nasty,’” he wrote. “Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold! Will @CNN, @nytimes and others apologize? Doubt it!”

The President has a history of using the word “nasty” in reference to female rivals, including Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

The uproar comes as Trump prepares to make his first official state visit to the United Kingdom. Markle is on maternity leave and will not be part of the festivities.

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