Donald Trump released a video after midnight Friday apologizing for lewd 2005 remarks caught on a tape that have plunged his campaign into chaos less than 48 hours before the second presidential debate.
Trump was also defiant in the video, saying while his words were foolish there is a "big difference" between them and former President Bill Clinton's "abuse" of women in the White House. He also called the discussion surrounding his comments a distraction.
“I never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone I’m not,” Trump said. “I’ve said and done things I regret and the words released today on this more than decade-old video are one of them. These words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.
He added that his travels around the country for the campaign has changed him and that he would "be a better man."
“I’ve said some foolish things, but there is a big difference between the words and actions of other people Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, intimidated and shamed his victims,” Trump said in the video posted to his Facebook page.
"Let's be honest, we are living in the real world. this is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today. We are losing our jobs, we are less safe than we were eight years ago, and Washington is totally broken."
“We will discuss this more in the coming days. See you at the debate on Sunday.”