Trump finally denounces domestic violence after nine days: 'It almost wouldn't have to be said'
Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office (screen grab)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday finally denounced domestic violence, nine days after the scandal broke about domestic abuse allegations leveled against former staff secretary Rob Porter.


"I am totally opposed to domestic violence and everybody here knows that," Trump said, per Wall Street Journal reporter Rebecca Ballhaus. "I'm totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that. And it almost wouldn't even have to be said. So, now you hear it, but you all know."

Last Friday, Trump drew widespread criticism after he said that many in the White House were "very sad" about Porter's departure from the White House without once mentioning the women who allege that Porter beat them.

Trump compounded the controversy one day later by tweeting about how unfair it was that men were having their careers ruined by "mere" accusations made by women -- again without mentioning anything about the women who allege Porter beat them.

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