When Al Franken announced Thursday he would resign from his US Senate seat amid misconduct allegations, he struck a defiant tone, and at one point railed against President Trump and US Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“I of all people am aware there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Franken said.
In his comments about the president, Franken was referring to the now-infamous 2005 tape that was publicized in October 2016, in which Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping, and trying to have sex with women.
So how does Trump feel about the widely-watched comments Franken made?
During the White House press briefing Thursday afternoon, a reporter rattled off Franken’s remarks before asking press secretary Sarah Sanders if the White House had any response.
“Look, the president addressed the comments back during the campaign,” Sanders replied. “We feel strongly that the people of this country also addressed that when they elected Donald Trump to be president. And I’ve addressed it several times from here and don’t have anything new to add.”
Read the full exchange below:
Q: Thanks, Sarah. Senator Franken today, in announcing his resignation, said that he’s “aware that there is some irony in the fact that I’m leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party.” What’s the White House response to that?
MS. SANDERS: Look, the President addressed the comments back during the campaign. We feel strongly that the people of this country also addressed that when they elected Donald Trump to be President. And I’ve addressed it several times from here and don’t have anything new to add.
Q: Can you say anything more broadly about the differences in the way the two parties are handling these accusations of sexual misconduct?
MS. SANDERS: I think that some of that would be left to some of the party leadership. I’m not sure if there’s a specific question in there on the differences.
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