Kaine: We have 'a complete moral vacuum in the Oval Office'

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence MORE (D-Va.) tore into President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE for his comments defending former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, saying there’s a “complete moral vacuum in the Oval Office” with the president praising an accused domestic abuser.

“Domestic violence is evil, and there aren't 'both sides' on this issue. Real leaders stand with survivors, not perpetrators,” Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, tweeted.

Kaine was referring to Trump's comments last year after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which he said there was “blame on both sides."


Trump earlier Friday spoke out in defense of Porter, who resigned from the White House on Wednesday over allegations of domestic abuse.

"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," the president told reporters. "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."

"He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent. So you'll have to talk to him about that. But we absolutely wish him well," Trump said.

The White House initially defended Porter after both of his ex-wives came forward with allegations of physical and emotional abuse.

Officials shifted their tone after Porter’s resignation, however, with chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE saying “there is no place for domestic violence in our society," but that he stood by his "previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming chief of staff."