Abuse claims ru­in­ing lives, says Trump

The Sunday Telegraph - - World news - By Harriet Alexan­der New York

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.

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