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Schumer: Trump needs to speak up on domestic abuse

Schumer: Trump needs to speak up on domestic abuse
© Greg Nash

Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers Senate Dems race to save Menendez in deep-blue New Jersey MORE (N.Y.) is urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE to denounce domestic abuse following the resignation of two senior White House aides.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday that Trump “supports victims of domestic violence” but also thinks that “everyone should be treated fairly and with due process.”

Schumer on Tuesday said that falls short of what is needed.

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“I haven’t heard the president say something directly about how bad domestic abuse is. To have a spokesperson get out and say something is not good enough,” Schumer said.

Schumer delivered his statement after a reporter asked him if the White House was taking the issue seriously enough.

Sanders’s statement on Monday has raised questions about why Trump himself has not spoken out directly against domestic violence following departures by two senior White House aides.

Staff secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen both abruptly resigned last week after their ex-wives came forward publicly with allegations of past domestic abuse.

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE initially defended Porter when allegations of abuse by his two ex-wives emerged in the press, calling Porter “a man of true integrity and honor,” a ”friend” and a “trusted professional.”

On Friday, Trump said he was “surprised” by the allegations against Porter and had found out about them only recently.

Without mentioning any specific allegations, the president tweeted on Saturday that “peoples [sic] lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new.”

The following day, White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump and Kellyanne Conway's husband spar about columnist Hatch mocks Warren over DNA test with his own results showing '1/1032 T-Rex' Conway responds to Warren DNA test: 'Junk science' that 'really doesn't interest me' MORE said Trump was “very disturbed” by the accusations against Porter.