House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump to publicly speak out against domestic abuse.
At a press conference on Wednesday, reporters reminded the Speaker that Trump has refused to publicly condemn former White House staffer Rob Porter for allegedly abusing his ex-wives and that the president has also declined to make a more generalized statement against domestic violence.
“Do you think the White House should publicly condemn domestic violence,” MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt asked Ryan. “Should the president?”
“Absolutely,” Ryan replied. “Look, I can’t speak for what [Rob Porter] did because I don’t even know the answer to that. But clearly, clearly we should — I mean, come one — clearly we should all be condemning domestic violence. And if a person who commits domestic violence gets in the government, then there’s a breakdown in the system. There’s a breakdown in the vetting system. And that breakdown needs to be addressed.”
Watch the video below from CBS News.
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