Video footage has emerged showing Donald Trump bragging about kissing a married talk show host on the lips while her husband’s back was turned.
The newly unearthed segment from NBC’s A Closer Look reveals why Mr Trump agreed to appear on Faith Daniels’ show, and why he allowed her producers to film him partying with accused paedophile Jeffrey Epstein at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
The 1992 programme – which features Mr Trump ogling young women with Epstein – shows Ms Daniels interviewing the real estate mogul and discussing the surprise kiss at a charity event in New York City.
“You kissed me on the lips in front of the paparazzi, and I said: “That’ll cost you, I’m booking you on the show,” the talk show host said.
Mr Trump interrupts her to tell the audience: “And what a kiss … [the kiss] was so good, so open and nice. She’s a fabulous woman.”
He added: “Her husband is a handsome devil, I’ll tell you. He’s a good guy. But I think he had his back turned at the time.”
When the newly-divorced star was asked who he would like to date next, Mr Trump initially said Princess Diana, before adding: “I think my choice might be you. Look at the legs on her. Boy.”
He also said: “I love women … I prefer a beautiful woman to a non-beautiful woman.”
Earlier this week NBC shared a shorter clip showing Mr Trump and Epstein laughing and watching women dance – only days after the president denied he was friends with the billionaire arrested on a series of child sex trafficking charges earlier this month.
Mr Trump is seen to lean towards Epstein and apparently say: “Look at her, back there … She’s hot.”
The party was reportedly part of 36 hours of footage captured by A Closer Look after Mr Trump agreed to let the NBC team film him at work and play.
Ex-hedge fund manager Epstein faces accusations that he sought children as young as 14 for sex and paid would-be victims to recruit even more, to ensure a “steady supply of new victims to exploit”. He denies charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy.
In 2008 he admitted soliciting sex from an underage girl as part of a plea deal partly overseen by Alexander Acosta, the then-federal prosecutor for Florida who went on to become Mr Trump’s labour secretary.
In a 2002 interview Mr Trump described Epstein as a “terrific guy” who was “a lot of fun to be with,” but has recently sought to distance himself from the disgraced figure, claiming they fell out “a long time ago”.