President Trump is reported to be furious with US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for saying women who believe they have been victimized by sexual harassment - including the women who accuse Trump of sexual harassment - should not be ignored.
"And I think we heard from them before the election".
Trump's team insist the allegations are false and say it's time for everyone to move on, but his UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, says the 16 accusers "should be heard". "And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up", Haley said.
The former governor said: "I'm proud of their courage".
Haley was asked by CBS' John Dickerson if she considered the allegations a "settled issue" to which she responded, "You know, that's for the people to decide".
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"I just want us, as a country, to say this is not acceptable behaviour, period", she said.
Haley was one of Trump's fiercest establishment "Republican" critics during the 2016 race, however she received a plum political appointment within his administration as a favor to Henry McMaster - who replaced her as governor of SC in January.
More than 10 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he was elected. The growing wave of women reporting abuse or misconduct has brought down powerful men from Hollywood to Washington, from movie producer Harvey Weinstein to popular television personality Matt Lauer. He is accused of molesting teenagers when he was in his 30s.
Last October, Trump said all his accusers would be sued after the presidential election.
Trump won the White House in spite of accusations he groped women and an "Access Hollywood" tape of him boasting about grabbing women's private parts. "I think that's a very clear distinction".