Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders returned to her White House podium on Monday, and she was pummeled with questions about how President Trump has handled Rob Porter‘s removal from the White House over his alleged domestic violence against multiple women.
There has been a lot of commotion about how many White House staffers knew of the accusations against Porter, as well as Trump’s recent statement diminishing the women. Sanders insisted that the White House became aware of Porter’s embattled past last Tuesday, and she insisted that the Administration “takes domestic violence very seriously and believe all allegations need to be investigated thoroughly.”
Sanders continued to echo Trump’s call for due process, and she faced an avalanche of questions from Jim Acosta, John Roberts, Chip Reid, and many others about why Trump defended Porter, and whether he believes any of the claims from the women. Things got particularly tense when Sanders deflected from Cecilia Vega‘s question by talking once more about the need for due process.”
“That doesn’t answer my question,” Vega said.
This back and forth continued through much of the briefing, and Sanders insisted that Trump did express sympathy for domestic violence victims because she was speaking on his behalf.
“I spoke with him and he related that message directly to me and I’m relaying it directly to you,” Sanders said.
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