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Trump blasts top Republican leader, calls him 'weak'

Many Republicans are worried Trump's chaotic campaign could hurt their chances of holding majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Washington, United States Oct 11, 2016, 09.06 PM (IST)

The White House on Tuesday condemned US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s "repugnant" boast about groping of women and making unwanted sexual advances, saying those actions would constitute sexual assault.

"The president found the tape as repugnant as most Americans did," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, adding that most people would consider the actions described by Trump as "sexual assault", AFP reported.

Meanwhile, Trump continued to attack House speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday by calling him a weak and ineffective leader.


A CNN poll showed 57 per cent of respondents thought Clinton won, while 34 per cent thought Trump won. Another poll YouGuv was less dramatic, but showed a Clinton win, at 47 to 42 per cent.

The real estate magnate also said that his campaign “shackles” were off now that Ryan and other senior Republicans have abandoned him.

"Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty," Trump said in a tweet on Tuesday.



He said in another tweet that it was hard to do well with "zero support" from Ryan and others, but added in a later Twitter post, "It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to".

This comes a day after Ryan, the top Republican in congress,told party lawmakers that he was distancing himself from the presidential nominee and won’t campaign for him. 

The Republican party is in turmoil after a 2005 tape of Trump making lewd comments, wherein he boasted about committing sexual assault, surfaced on Friday, following which a number of senior Republicans chose to defect from his campaign.

Trump's campaign has slipped further behind Clinton in opinion polls, Reuters reported.

Republicans are worried his chaotic campaign could hurt their chances of holding majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate in next month’s election,something that was also voiced by Paul Ryan on Monday.

In an extraordinary party revolt, nearly half of all 331 incumbent Republican senators, House members and governors have condemned Trump’s lewd remarks on the video, and roughly one in 10 have called for him to drop out of the race, a Reuters review of official statements and local news coverage indicates.

But unlike Ryan, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told RNC members on Monday that the committee, the party’s leadership and fundraising arm, still backed Trump, two RNC members told Reuters. 

Trump’s vice presidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, showed his support in television interviews on Monday.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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