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President Trump condemned domestic violence in general terms on Wednesday, more than a week after allegations surfaced that his staff secretary abused his two ex-wives and under intense criticism for his administration's response to the scandal.
“I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind everyone knows that and it almost wouldn't even have to be said,” Trump said.
Trump faced criticism last week when he defended his former staff secretary, Rob Porter, after the aide resigned.
Trump praised Porter, saying he did “a very good job when he was in the White House,” adding that it was “a tough time for him.”
The president later tweeted that “people's live's are being shattered by a mere allegation.”
This week White House Press Secretary dodged questions as to why the president would not publicly condemn domestic violence himself.
“The president has been clear multiple times through myself and others within the administration that we condemn domestic violence in all forms,” Sanders said Monday.
When pressed as to why Trump himself has not said he supports victims of domestic abuse — he tweets and makes his own statements all the time — Sanders fired back saying she is “the spokesman for the president and the White House and I said it right now.”
“He literally dictated that statement on me,” she said. “So I'm not sure how that's not the president speaking on that topic.”