Trump: Yes, My Affair Is Also Fair Game
Question comes up as he takes digs at Bill Clinton
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2015 10:04 AM CST
Hillary Clinton speaks about recent comments from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Salem, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump says Bill Clinton's marital infidelity is "fair game" on the campaign trail, and, apparently, so is his own. Asked on Tuesday whether it would be fair for Trump's rivals to scrutinize his past "indiscretions"—he famously had an affair with model/actress Marla Maples before divorcing Ivana Trump in the 1990s—the candidate answered in the affirmative, per CNN. "Yes, they would be." Earlier Tuesday, Trump continued his digs at Clinton, who is expected to campaign for his wife in New Hampshire next week. "There certainly were a lot of abuse of women, and you look at whether it's Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones, or many of them," Trump said on the Today Show, per the New York Times. "Certainly if they play the woman's card with respect to me, that will be fair game."

In 2008, Trump said Bill Clinton's affair with Lewinsky was "unimportant." But he clarified on Tuesday that those comments were a business "obligation" at a time "when I needed approvals, when I needed something from Washington," per CNN. "Frankly, Hillary brought up the whole thing with 'sexist,' and all I did was reverse it on her because she's got a major problem, happens to be right in her house," Trump said Tuesday. "If she wants to do that, we're going to go right after … the ex-president," he added. A rep for Hillary Clinton tells NBC News she "won't be bullied or distracted" by the attacks, which are also being hurled by Rand Paul. On Monday, Paul described Bill Clinton as Hillary's "women's problem," reports CNN.