NEW ORLEANS -- U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond apologized Sunday for comments he made last week about Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Donald Trump.

Richmond's statement comes after a comment about Conway, who he said "looked kind of familiar there in that position there," referring to a photo of Conway on a sofa in the White House.

Some saw the comment as having sexual innuendo, especially coming on the heels of a joke by U.S. Senator Tim Scott, who talked about the history of that couch in the 1990s -- a joke seemingly was invoking the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal -- and Richmond's comments, shortly thereafter, touched a nerve with some.

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“After a discussion with people I know and trust I understand the way my remarks have been received by many,” said Rep. Richmond. “I have consistently been a champion for women and women’s issues, and because of that the last thing I would want to ever do is utter words that would hurt or demean them. I apologize to Kellyanne Conway and everyone who has found my comments to be offensive.”