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Donald Trump once told 14-year-old girls, 'In a couple of years, I'll be dating you'

 (Chicago Tribune)
(Chicago Tribune)

Donald Trump appears to have a pattern of trying to charm young girls with a line about dating him.  

In a December 1992 wire brief in the Chicago Tribune, Trump is described as having spotted a youth choir singing Christmas carols at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. He asked two girls how old they were. When they said they were 14, Trump, then 46, replied, “Wow! Just think — in a couple of years, I'll be dating you."

On Wednesday, CBS News reported a similar scenario involving a 10-year-old girl around the same time, when Trump was between his first and second marriages.

In footage from the archives of CBS-owned “Entertainment Tonight," Trump asks the child if she is planning to ride the escalator at Trump Tower. After she says yes, Trump turns to cameras taping a Christmas special for the show and says, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”

In both instances, the line appears to be somewhat in jest, though the girls' ages and recent accusations of sex assault against Trump call that into question.

The Trump campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

The revelations come as Trump is being buffeted by allegations by multiple women that he groped and kissed them against their will. The women said they decided to come forth publicly after Trump dismissed a recording of him speaking crassly about women as “locker room talk” rather than an indication of sexually aggressive behavior. Trump has vehemently denied the allegations made by the women.

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