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Chris Cuomo rips Trump's response to domestic abuse allegations: 'People die because of this'

CNN's Chris Cuomo early Tuesday 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 his response to the domestic abuse allegations against former White House aide Rob Porter.

On CNN's "New Day," Cuomo cited Trump's tweet on Saturday, when the president said lives are being shattered and destroyed by "a mere allegation."

Cuomo said domestic abuse is an "entire different echelon of concern in this society."

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“It’s a scourge. People die because of this. He knows this. He ignored it on purpose," Cuomo said.

"It's really not an open question. Does he support, does he not support. The answer has to be no."

Cuomo also said Trump could clear up the situation whenever he wanted to.

"One simple statement: 'Victims of domestic abuse: Not on my watch,'" Cuomo said.

"Make some grandiose statement about how it will never be again, everybody cherishes women. He hasn't done it."

Cuomo questioned what other explanation there could be for Trump not condemning abuse than he "does not want to."

"It is bad for him in some part of his mind," Cuomo said.

Porter resigned from his post last week after being accused by two ex-wives of domestic violence. Trump on Friday praised Porter, saying he hopes he has a great career ahead of him.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that lives are being destroyed by "a mere allegation" and raised questions about due process.

The White House on Monday struggled to explain its handling of the abuse allegations against Porter.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a statement that she said was dictated by Trump.

"Above all, the president supports the victims of domestic violence and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process,” she said.

But Sanders would not say why the president has not said those words himself.