No, he was saying he didn’t know she was nasty (to him).

Via Hot Air:

This is a perfect controversy for the Trump era in that there’s actual audio of what he said and yet the two sides still can’t agree.

Here’s how CNN and Elle magazine are framing that.

By “I didn’t know that she was nasty,” I take him to mean “I didn’t know that she had said nasty things about me.” He’s not impugning her character. On the contrary, he compliments her — a rare but not unprecedented example of Trump being gracious about a critic. Every now and then he gets smacked by someone whom he knows he can’t hit back without creating a political mess for himself. He’s never jabbed at Michelle Obama as far as I recall even though she’s jabbed at him plenty, including at the 2016 convention. I remember his criticism of Khizr Khan being notably subdued too. Sparring with a former First Lady or a Gold Star father would be a bad, bad look and he knows it, so he pulls his punches or avoids throwing them entirely.

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