Trump breaks si­lence on Porter, de­nounces do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OPINION -

WASH­ING­TON » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump broke his si­lence Wed­nes­day about a for­mer aide who was ac­cused of do­mes­tic abuse by two ex-wives.

“I am to­tally op­posed to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and every­body here knows that,” the pres­i­dent said, more than a week af­ter the al­le­ga­tions against Rob Porter first be­came pub­lic.

The pres­i­dent added: “Ev­ery­one knows that and it al­most wouldn’t even have to be said. So now you hear it, but you all know it.”

Trump had praised Porter, his for­mer staff sec­re­tary, on Fri­day in his first com­ments about the al­le­ga­tions. On Satur­day, he ap­peared to cast doubt on the women’s al­le­ga­tions when he tweeted: “Peo­ples lives are be­ing shat­tered and de­stroyed by a mere al­le­ga­tion.”

The White House’s han­dling of the Porter sit­u­a­tion has en­snared se­nior West Wing of­fi­cials, call­ing into ques­tion the de­ci­sion-mak­ing and can­dor of chief of staff John Kelly and White House coun­sel Don McGahn.

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