Women are lying, says White House
All the women who have accused US President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are lying, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday when asked for the official White House position on the issue.
The question was posed during a White House briefing, at a time when numerous men in highprofile positions have been accused of sexual misconduct.
‘‘Obviously, sexual harassment has been in the news,’’ Jacqueline Alemany of CBS News asked Sanders. ‘‘At least 16 women accused the president of sexually harassing them throughout the course of the campaign. Last week, during a press conference in the Rose Garden, the president called these accusations ‘fake news’. Is the official White House position that all of these women are lying?’’
‘‘Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning, and the president’s spoken on it,’’ Sanders said, before quickly pivoting to another reporter to ask a question.
During the Rose Garden news conference that Alemany referred to, Trump was asked about allegations made by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on his television show The Apprentice. She has accused Trump of forcibly kissing her and touching her breast.
Eleven women came forward during the 2016 presidential election campaign to accuse the thenRepublican candidate of unwanted touching or kissing. Other women accused Trump of walking in on them when they were undressing at beauty pageants he owned.
Meanwhile, a California congresswoman used a video yesterday to describe being grabbed and kissed as a young congressional aide and to invite staffers to share their own stories.
‘‘Many of us in Congress know what it’s like, because Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long,’’ Jackie Speier says in the brief video she posted on Twitter and YouTube.
The 67-year-old Democrat said her office’s chief of staff ‘‘held my face, kissed me and stuck his tongue in my mouth’’.
She said she knew what it meant to keep such stories bottled up. ‘‘I know what it’s like to lie in bed at night, wondering if I was the one who had done something wrong. I know what it’s like years later to remember that rush of humiliation and anger.’’
In the video, Speier urges current and former congressional aides to tell their stories on a new hashtag, #MeTooCongress.