Feb 11, 2018
President Donald Trump says lives are being “destroyed by mere allegation” after two White House aides quit amid accusations of domestic abuse.
“There is no recovery for someone falsely accused,” Mr Trump tweeted.
This week saw the departure of White House speechwriter David Sorensen and staff secretary Rob Porter.
The White House has been criticised for its handling of the allegations and Mr Trump’s comments quickly drew scorn.
His remarks also come amid a worldwide debate over sexual harassment and the abuse of power.
In his tweet, Mr Trump did not mention either men, but warned allegations could result in a person’s “life and career gone”.
Among those to react with anger was Democratic Senator Patty Murray, who responded by saying that women’s lives were affected every day by sexual violence and harassment.
“I’m going to keep standing with them, and trusting them, even if the president won’t,” she said.
Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier tweeted that Mr Trump’s comments were “offensive”.