Dem lawmaker rips Trump for 'appallingly unpresidential' defense of Porter

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE for praising former White House staff secretary Rob Porter — who resigned from his job after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced.

Lieu called Trump's remarks “appallingly unpresidential.”

“Instead of offering sympathy to the women who've come forward alleging abuse, Trump wished Porter well & pointed to his claims of innocence,” Lieu tweeted. “At this point, it’s hard to come up w/ new ways to express total dismay for @POTUS’s appallingly unpresidential remarks & actions in office.”

Trump on Friday morning praised Porter’s work in the White House, saying that he “wishes him well” and hopes he has a “great career ahead of him.”


"I found out about it very recently and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well, obviously a tough time for him," Trump said. "He did a very good job when he was in the White House and we hope he has a wonderful, hopefully, he has a great career ahead of him."

Porter resigned Wednesday following news reports that revealed both of his ex-wives had accused him of domestic abuse. Photographs emerged of one of the women with a black eye, which she said she got from Porter, who has denied the allegations.

Trump also stressed that Porter has denied the accusations by his two ex-wives, saying, “he says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that.”

Lieu, a frequent critic of the president, wrote in a series of tweets that Trump’s comments defending Porter are especially troubling “in a watershed time where more women and men are coming forward with harrowing #MeToo stories of abuse.”

“While it is clear the current President cannot serve as our moral compass, we must not lose sight of our shared virtues,” Lieu added. “Domestic violence and abuse must always be aggressively condemned.”