CNN’s @KaitlanCollins: The Oval Office is roughly 30 feet away from the press briefing room, “so if the President really believed this sentiment, he could have walked out there himself and said as much,” but we have not heard the President be publicly critical of Rob Porter. pic.twitter.com/099E0m8wO3
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) February 12, 2018
CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins says that if President Trump really cared about domestic violence victims, he would’ve appeared before the White House press pool and said so instead of making his press secretary do it for him.
Collins appeared on The Lead with Jake Tapper to talk about the avalanche of questions Sarah Huckabee Sanders fielded on Monday about the president’s support for Rob Porter. Trump dismissed the allegations against the former White House aide, though Sanders insists that the White House takes abuse accusations seriously.
Collins noted how Sanders said that Trump dictated a statement for her to deliver today, and so she wondered what could’ve stopped Trump from saying it himself.
“The Oval Office is roughly 30 feet away from the press briefing room, so if the president really believed this sentiment, he could have walked out there himself and said as much,” Collins said. “He could’ve tweeted it, he could’ve said it earlier today when he was in a room full of cameras, but we have not heard the president be publicly critical of Rob Porter yet.”
Beyond Sanders’ comments earlier today, there was a report over the weekend saying that Trump called Porter “sick” in a private conversation. This comes after Trump publicly wished Porter a decent future and wrote off the claims from the latter’s ex-wives as a “mere allegation.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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