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Donald Trump Invokes Monica Lewinsky to Defend Attacks on Bill Clinton

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump on Tuesday clarified his earlier tweet that Bill Clinton had a “terrible record of women abuse.”

“Well, if you look at the different situations; of course, we can name many of them. I can get you a list and I'll have it sent to your office in two seconds,” Trump said Tuesday morning via telephone on the Today show.

“But there were certainly a lot of abuse of women, and you look at whether it's Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones or many of them,” he continued.

In mentioning Lewinsky, the former White House intern with whom Clinton had an affair, and Jones, a former Arkansas state employee who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton during his presidency, Trump was referring to ghosts of Clinton’s past as the former president prepares to hit the campaign trail next week.

Trump had teased both Clintons on Twitter early Monday:

Responding Monday to Trump's initial attacks on Bill Clinton, Clinton spokesman Christina Reynolds said: "Though Donald Trump has pushed around nearly all of his fellow Republicans, Hillary Clinton won't be bullied or distracted by attacks he throws at her and former President Clinton. But when his insults are directed at women, immigrants, Asian-Americans, Muslims, the disabled, or hard working Americans looking to raise their wages – Hillary Clinton will stand up to him, as she has from the beginning.”

Trump was also asked Tuesday morning whether he had a change of heart from a 2008 CNN interview in which he called Clinton’s impeachment “nonsense” and suggested his affair with Lewinsky was “totally unimportant.”

“I'm dubbed as a world class businessman, which frankly that's what I am, and I got along with everybody,” Trump said. “I got along with the Clintons.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s daughter Ivanka is coming to her father’s defense about his attitude toward women.

“You could also list a few comments he’s made about men that are unflattering. I think he’s highly gender-neutral,” Ivanka Trump told Town & Country magazine. “If he doesn’t like someone, he’ll articulate that, and I think it’s also part of what resonates about him.”

Bill Clinton will hold his first solo public events on behalf of his wife in New Hampshire next Monday.

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