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Bill Clinton says no private apology to Monica Lewinsky necessary

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 26: Former US President Bill Clinton delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party’s nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Former US president Bill Clinton said he has not spoken to Monica Lewinsky since the revelation of their affair and that while he has apologized to her publicly he does not think a private apology is necessary at this point.

In a testy interview with NBC’s “Today” show aired on Monday, the 71-year-old Clinton was also asked for his thoughts on the #MeToo movement.

The former US president is on a book tour to promote his new book, “The President Is Missing,” co-written with best-selling author James Patterson.

But it’s his time in the Oval Office — specifically his affair with Lewinsky — that is drawing scrutiny.

“I apologized to everybody in the world,” Clinton said when asked if he had apologized to Lewinsky for his affair with the then 22-year-old White House intern.

“I have not talked to her,” Clinton said. “I have never talked to her.”

Asked if he felt he should apologize privately to Lewinsky, Clinton said “No, I do not.”

“But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry,” he said. “That’s very different. The apology was public.”

Asked about the #MeToo movement, Clinton said “I like the #MeToo movement.

“It’s way overdue,” he said. “It doesn’t mean I agree with everything.

“I still have some questions about some of the decisions which have been made,” he said without elaborating.


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