Abuse claims ruining lives, says Trump
in DONALD TRUMP, the US president, said yesterday that lives were being “shattered” by mere allegations, after two of his White House aides quit over accusations of domestic abuse.
Mr Trump said: “People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as due process?”
White House speech writer David Sorensen resigned on Friday after his exwife claimed he was violent and verbally abusive during their two-year marriage. He denies the claims, but said he was leaving the White House to avoid causing a distraction.
It followed the departure on Wednesday of senior aide Rob Porter, after two exwives came forward to accuse him of assault.
Mr Trump, who has himself been accused of sexual misconduct, defended Mr Porter, saying he had done a “very good job” at the White House. “It’s obviously a tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career,” he said. He made no mention of the women who reported the abuse.
The remarks echoed Mr Trump’s previous defence of Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican, and Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News host, who were both accused of sexual abuse or harassment.
Mr Trump’s White House has been strongly criticised over its handling of abuse allegations against its staff.
Separately, Mr Trump yesterday defended a decision not to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats into his campaign’s possible collusions with Russia, saying it was “very political and long” and needed heavy redaction.
The memo was intended as a response to a Republican-drafted memo made public last week with Mr Trump’s consent, claiming bias against Mr Trump by the FBI and Justice Department.
Mr Trump’s decision to block the latest release infuriated Democrats, who said it showed a double standard on transparency.