Trump to sign sexual assault bill in event closed to the press
President Trump on Wednesday will sign legislation that strengthens the requirements to report sexual abuse, a bill quickly passed by Congress after the slew of allegations against ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
The bill signing is closed to the press, according the president’s schedule, and comes as the White House faces scrutiny over its handling of claims of domestic abuse.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), was introduced in 2017 but received a renewed push after the publicity surrounding the Nassar case, in which more than 150 women testified that the doctor sexually abused them when they sought treatment.
He was sentenced last month to up to 175 years in prison
The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act requires certain adults who interact with young athletes to report cases of child abuse, including sexual abuse.
The White House is dealing with the fallout from the resignation last week of staff secretary Rob Porter, who was accused of domestic abuse by two former wives.
Porter remained on the White House staff for more than seven months after the FBI completed a background check in which it reportedly interviewed the two women.
Trump has defended Porter amid calls from lawmakers in both parties that he more forcefully criticize domestic violence. Trump twice on Tuesday ignored or did not hear questions at press events about domestic violence, and would almost certainly hear additional questions if the event surrounding the Feinstein legislation was open to reporters.
On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a statement she said was dictated by Trump in which he declared his support for victims of domestic violence.
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