While women seem to be coming out of the woodwork to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of some form of sexual misconduct, one former Miss USA has come forward to give her assessment of the billionaire businessman.
Chelsea Cooley Altman said she met Trump in 2005 when she competed in the Miss Universe pageant, an event owned by Trump.
Altman said, “In terms of Donald acting inappropriately towards women, I have never seen him be anything but a consummate gentleman.”
She said she met Trump and his wife, Melania, when they came to the dressing room before the pageant to wish the contestants luck.
‘I even have the picture of all of that, and that was all he would do,” Altman said of the meeting. “There was nothing inappropriate that he said or did.’
According to Altman, the three became friends, adding that Trump became her business mentor.
“I have been to many events, flown on his plane many a time, and I have never ever been in a compromised situation, nothing ever happened,” Altman said. “He has been nothing but respectful, so I have never had a negative encounter with him.”
The 32-year-old former Miss USA said she wondered about the timing of the many sexual harassment charges, suggesting they may be part of an effort to torpedo Trump’s chances at winning the election in November.
Altman questioned why the charges, which have remained quiet for so long, were suddenly made public at the same time.
“When I was 16 years old, I worked at a restaurant and my manager sexually assaulted me. I immediately spoke out about it,” Altman said.
Responding to questions about the recently released video in which Trump can be heard making vulgar remarks about women, Altman said she would not condone his language, but added that he had issued an apology for the comments.
Altman also defended Trump in 2015 after NBC decided not to air Trump’s Miss USA pageant due to comments Trump made concerning Mexican immigrants.
During his presidential announcement Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”
Coming to Trump’s defense, Altman said, “I think he’s made it very clear he supports the Mexican people, he loves the Mexican people.”
She added, “The issue is border patrol. He has no problem with anyone wanting to come and immigrate to America that wants to live out the American dream.”
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