(THE HILL) — The White House on Monday condemned leaked Donald Trump comments about women, saying they amount to sexual assault.

“The president found the tapes as repugnant as most Americans did,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters aboard Air Force One.

“And I think there has been a pretty clear statement by people all along the ideological spectrum that those statements constituted sexual assault.”

Earnest’s comments are one of the toughest White House criticisms yet of Trump’s 11-year-old comments, which have rocked his presidential campaign.

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