WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump now says his contentious comments on abortion were taken out of context.
Trump was answering questions during an MSNBC town hall taping Wednesday when he said there should be "some form of punishment" for women who get abortions if the procedure is outlawed. He later reversed his position in a statement.
In an interview Thursday night on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," Trump blamed the flub on a "convoluted" interview.
"This was a long, convoluted question," he said. "This was a long discussion and they just cut it out."
MSNBC responded later Thursday with a statement saying: "The town hall interview with Donald Trump was taped in advance and then aired in its entirety. Absolutely no part of the exchange between Trump and (interviewer) Chris Matthews was edited out."
Trump acknowledged, "It could be that I misspoke."
But he insisted he has always believed that "if in fact, abortion was outlawed, the person performing that act is responsible, not the woman."