Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, criticized the White House’s handling of the abuse allegations against former White House staffer Rob Porter saying President Trump must send a “stronger message” that abuse is not to be tolerated.
“I think he (Trump) needs to send a stronger message,” Ernst said on CNN Tuesday. “We need to send a very clear signal that it won’t be tolerated and it won’t be tolerated with our employees,”
“I am extremely disappointed in this situation,” Ernst said. “Abuse is never OK.”
When asked about the White House plans to set up a briefing for Porter to share his side of the story and justify a photo recently released of Porter’s first wife shown with a black eye, Ernst slammed the idea.
“You can’t justify that,” Ernst said, adding she believes the women in their allegations of abuse against Porter.
Ernst has a history of working with female victims of domestic abuse. In college, Ernst volunteered at a battered women’s shelter in Ames.
Porter announced his resignation from the White House last week amid allegations that he abused his two ex-wives, but has denied the abuse claims labeling them as a “coordinated smear campaign.”
Another White House staffer, speechwriter David Sorensen is now in hot water amid abuse allegations from an ex-wife who says Sorensen threw her against a wall and burned her with a cigarette. Sorensen also resigned last week.