New York Times editorial board members on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to apologize to the women who accused him of sexual misconduct, a move they said he could not afford.
Trump has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women who say he groped or touched them without their consent while he was a businessman, a pattern that has led to numerous investigations.
His administration has repeatedly refused to address the allegations, arguing they are politically motivated.
A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The New York Post published an op-ed Sunday calling for Trump to “apologize to these courageous women for what he did to them and to everyone who has been hurt by his conduct.”
The editorial board said the women should not be “pushed around and humiliated” by their attacker, as Trump did during the 2016 campaign.
“The President must also take steps to end the widespread and systemic culture of sexual assault in the United States,” the editorial board wrote.
“If we do not, we will have a president who will only hurt us in the future.”
Trump, who is married to Melania, was a frequent critic of the media during the presidential campaign, often accusing the press of being biased against him.
He later called the media “the enemy of the American people.”
The Post said Trump should resign over his actions.