The Republican candidate answered a question framed around the allegations against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes in an interview on Monday

If Donald Trumps daughter was sexually harassed at work, I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case, the Republican nominee told an interviewer on Monday.

The question, specifically framed around the allegations against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, came in an interview with USA Today. Ailes has been accused of sexual harassment by over 20 women since former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against him on 6 July. Most recently, Laurie Luhn, a former Fox News booker, has accused Ailes of preserving a sexually coercive relationship with her. Ailes has denied all the allegations.

Trump defended Ailes, a longtime friend, in an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on 24 July. The Republican nominee said of the allegations: All of a sudden theyre telling these horrible things about him. Its really sad. Because hes a very good person. Ive always discovered him to be only a very, very good person. And by the way, a very, very talented person. Appear what hes done. So I feel very badly.

The Republican nominee has attained controversial comments about women in the past. Last August, Trump said about Fox News Megyn Kelly that the news anchor had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever, while questioning him during the first presidential debate in what was widely deemed to be a reference to menstruation. Trump denied this.

The Republican nominee also made fun of the appearance of former rival Carly Fiorina , rated the physical attractiveness of model Heidi Klum in an interview with the New York Times and said that women who have abortions should receive some sort of punishment. He rapidly reversed himself on the latter statement.

A CNN/ ORC poll released on Monday presented Trump trailing Clinton by a margin of 57% to 34% among female voters.

Trumps statement on sexual harassment goes as the Republican nominee is trying to swerve past the controversy over his criticism of a Muslim couple whose son was killed in Iraq, claiming instead that he fears the election is going to be rigged.

At his first campaign stop since he chided Khizr and Ghazala Khan, who spoke on Thursday at the Democratic national convention, Trump began his remarks by contrasting his support for war veterans with that of rival Hillary Clinton, before veering off to express concern that the presidential election will not be run fairly.

He told supporters: Hillary will be nothing more than four more years of Obama. Four more years of Isis. Four more years of a military thats being depleted and not taking care of our vets. She said a few months ago our vets are being taken care of just fine. She said no , no, its over-exaggerated.

The Republican nominees comments about the Khans have triggered a bipartisan backlash from Barack Obama, Senator John McCain and military families.

During the Columbus event, Trump alleged he felt the Democrats had fixed their primary system so Clinton could defeat Bernie Sanders. Im afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest, he said. He claimed that he hears more and more that the poll may not be free and fair. It is unprecedented in modern American history for a presidential nominee to cast doubt on the integrity of the electoral process in this manner.

Trump, who has slipped behind in Clinton in polls following last weeks Democratic convention, also criticised the media for being biased against him and defended his weekend comments where he claimed Russia is not going into the Ukraine. Since 2014, Russia has occupied the Crimea peninsula and a significant portion of eastern Ukraine.

Crimea had been annexed during Obamas watch in 2014, he said. Do you want to have world war three to get it back? Wouldnt it be great if we actually got along with Russia? Am I wrong in saying that? Wouldnt it be great? Russia, like us, has nuclear weapon, folks.

It would be really nice if we got along with Russia and others that we dont get along with right now. And wouldnt it be nice if we teamed up with Russia and others, including surrounding states and perhaps Nato, and we knocked the hell out of Isis and got rid of these people?

Trump said Ohio had lost one in three manufacturing undertakings since Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in the 1990 s. They call it the rust belt for a reason, because everythings rusting and rotting, he said.

The candidate also complained bitterly that a flame marshal had restricted access to the event to a thousand people, describing it as a disgrace. He said: They turned away thousands of people look at the size of this place they turned away thousands. Is the mayor a Democrat? Is he a Democrat? Thats what I heard. You oughta be ashamed of him.

Its very sad. You know, it shouldnt be so much about politics Its actually politics at its lowest.

The mayor of Columbus is Democrat Andrew Ginther.

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