President Trump told reporters Wednesday that he is "totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind." This marked the first time he had addressed the subject of domestic violence since former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last Wednesday after his two ex-wives publicly accused him of physical and verbal abuse.
Trump claimed Wednesday — more than a week after the allegations against Porter first broke — that "everyone knows" his feelings on domestic violence. "It almost wouldn't even have to be said," he added.
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Two days after Porter's resignation, the president implored people to remember that "[Porter] say he's innocent." The president notably did not make any mention of Porter's victims in those remarks, though he did say it was "obviously a very sad time" for Porter. Kelly O'Meara Morales