At his press conference today, President-Elect Donald Trump addressed the memo Buzzfeed published yesterday and denied some of the more salacious aspects of it, saying, “Does anyone really believe that story? I’m also very much a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.”
In 2015, however, during his Presidential campaign, Trump was on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter. At that point, it had been reported that he didn’t like to shake hands with people because he’s a germaphobe. Janice Min asked him whether he’d “kiss babies and shake hands on the trail.” He responded, saying, “I’m not germophobic.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 11, 2017
Some Twitter users have taken issue with the germaphobe claim, given some other things he’s said:
@piersmorgan Yup. He's right. A germaphobe that grabs women by their crotch.
— Mark. (@itsOngaro) January 11, 2017
If the President-elect is a self-confessed germaphobe, why does he grab women in the crotch?
— Don Makson (@bcdonm) January 11, 2017
Not sure how much of a germaphobe he is if he's ok with running up and kissing women without consent. #TrumpPressConference
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) January 11, 2017
For what it’s worth, there is a lot more reporting that suggests that yes, he is a germaphobe. Piers Morgan says he’s seen it himself.
Trump IS a germaphobe, fyi.
I've personally seen him recoil from shaking hands (not mine, obviously..) many times.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 11, 2017
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