GOP lawmaker says Trump needs to send 'stronger message' against abuse

  • Washington (CNN) - Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is calling on President Donald Trump to send a stronger message against domestic abuse after the resignation of two White House aides.
  • Former staff secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen, who both deny the allegations against them, resigned last week.
  • Trump told reporters on Friday that Porter's departure was "very sad" and that "he did a very good job while he was in the White House." The President did not express any sympathy for the women Porter allegedly abused, instead focusing on Porter's claim of innocence.
  • CNN reported that some of Trump's top aides, including chief of staff John Kelly, knew by last fall that Porter was having difficulty obtaining a security clearance and that his ex-wives claimed he had abused them.

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