On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a press briefing to kick off the week, and many of the questions were about the recent resignation of White House staffers over domestic abuse allegations.
CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta asked about President Donald Trump’s tweet in which he said “peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
“Why did the president tweet that over the weekend? Why is he seemingly defending Mr. Porter publicly? Is it because he has faced his own allegations? Is there some sensitivity there?” Acosta asked.
Sanders responded by insisting Trump takes allegations seriously, and he believes they all “need to be investigated thoroughly.” She added “the president’s simply saying that there should be a due process that should be followed and looked at.”
Acosta then followed up asking if there was a “tone deafness there.”
Sanders then made it very clear:
“I don’t think the president being on — supporting due process for any allegation is not tone deaf. I think it is allowing things to be investigated and a mere allegation not being the determining factor. He’s not taking a side necessarily one way or the other on any specific issue here. He’s talking about mere allegations shouldn’t be the determining factor for any individual, that there should be due process.
I think anybody here if they were accused of something — hold on, Jim. I’m not finished. … What I’m saying is I think anybody here if they were accused of something would want the opportunity to go through due process. That’s all we’re saying.”
Watch the clip above.