Politics

Trump says he’s ‘totally opposed to domestic violence’

President Trump.
Tom Brenner/ New York Times
President Trump.

WASHINGTON — President Trump is breaking his silence after defending former aide Rob Porter, who was accused by his ex-wives of domestic abuse.

Trump says: ‘‘I am totally opposed to domestic violence and everybody here knows that.’’

‘‘It almost wouldn’t even have to be said,’’ he adds. ‘‘So now you hear it, but you all know it.’’

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Trump had praised Porter, the former staff secretary, Friday, and on Saturday appeared to cast doubt on the allegations on Twitter when he tweeted: ‘‘Peoples [sic] lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.’’

The White House’s handling of the Porter situation has ensnared senior West Wing officials, calling into question the decision-making and candor of chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn.