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Less than a day after a 2005 tape of Donald Trump making lewd remarks about women was made public, leading to an onslaught of criticism and a growing list of top Republican officials distancing themselves from the candidate, the New York businessman reportedly said he will not drop out of the presidential race.

"I'd never withdraw--I've never withdrawn in my life," Trump reportedly told the Washington Post by phone Saturday morning.

"No, I'm not quitting this race, I have tremendous support," the New York businessman said.

Trump also told the Wall Street Journal in similar terms he does not plan to step down:

"I never give up--the support I'm getting is unbelievable, because Hillary Clinton is a horribly-flawed candidate."

Trump told the Journal he may make a speech later in the day to formally address the controversy, in addition to the videotaped apology he released shortly after Midnight eastern Saturday.

Republican leaders from New Jersey to Utah have taken umbrage at Trump's remarks, pulling their support for the candidate.

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