By BBC/Evelyne Wareh
Senior Republicans have condemned obscene comments Donald Trump made about women in a 2005 videotape.
In the video, posted by the Washington Post, Trump is heard telling TV host Billy Bush “you can do anything” to women “when you’re a star”.
The New York businessman bragged about trying to have sex with a married woman as well as kissing and groping others. Trump later issued an apology: “I said it. I was wrong, I apologise. I pledge to be a better man.”
In a filmed statement on his Facebook page, he added that the videotape was a “distraction” from more important political issues. Earlier on Friday, when the video first emerged, he had dismissed it as “locker room banter” and added “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me”.
He renewed his attack on the former president in his Facebook apology.
“I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people,” he said.
“Bill Clinton has actually abused women. And Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days.”
After the video became public on Friday evening, senior Republicans were harsh in their condemnation of Trump’s comments. House Speaker Paul Ryan rescinded his invitation to Mr Trump to attend the Republican Fall Fest in his home state of Wisconsin this weekend.
Mr Trump said that his vice-presidential running mate Mike Pence would represent him at the Wisconsin event.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said the comments were “repugnant,” adding that Mr Trump “needs to apologise directly to women and girls everywhere”.
Another senior Republican, John McCain, said there were “no excuses for Donald Trump’s offensive and demeaning comments”. The video has emerged two days before Mr Trump takes part in the second presidential debate with his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
The two candidates will be in St Louis for the televised encounter, with polling day only a month away.