The women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are lying, according to the official position of the White House.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the matter at a briefing Oct. 27, according to BuzzFeed News. More than a dozen women have accused Trump of harassing them.
Throughout October, numerous figures in the media and entertainment industries were accused of sexual harassment and assault, including film director Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey and journalist Mark Halperin.
"Obviously sexual harassment has been in the news," reporter Jacqueline Alemany said, according to BuzzFeed. "At least 16 women accused the president of sexually harassing them throughout the course of the campaign. Last week during a press conference in the Rose Garden, the president called these accusations 'fake news.' Is the official White House position that all of these women are lying?"
Sanders left no doubt in her response.
"Yes. We've been clear on that from the beginning, and the president has spoken on it," she said.
The comments by Trump that Sanders was referring to came on Oct. 16, when he was asked his opinion on the news that lawyers for Summer Servos, who is engaged in a lawsuit against him, had subpoenaed the Trump campaign. The lawyers asked the campaign for any communication related to or with Servos. They also requested "all documents concerning any woman who asserted that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately."
"All I can say is it's totally fake news," Trump said. "It's just fake. It's fake. It's made-up stuff, and it's disgraceful what happens. But that's what happens in the world of politics."
Servos, who was a contestant on Trump's reality series "The Apprentice," said Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007. The initial allegation was made at a press conference in October 2016.
At a rally in October 2016, Trump described the allegations as a "lie."
"As you have seen, I am a victim of one of the great political smear campaigns in the history of our country," he added, according to CNN. "They are coming after me to try and destroy what is considered by even them the greatest movement in the history of our country."
Trump also denied the allegations during the election campaign via Twitter.
"Nothing ever happened with any of these women. Totally made up nonsense to steal the election. Nobody has more respect for women than me!" Trump wrote, BuzzFeed reported.
Sources: BuzzFeed News, CNN (2), People (2) / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Zff2012/Wikimedia Commons, Shealah Craighead/whitehouse.gov via Wikimedia commons