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- The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said there was a major difference between the sexual-misconduct allegations against Democratic Sen. Al Franken and those against President Donald Trump: their responses.
- Franken “admitted wrongdoing,” Sanders said, while Trump did not.
The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Friday that a major difference between allegations of sexual misconduct against Democratic Sen. Al Franken and those against President Donald Trump was in the two men’s responses.
“I think in one case specifically Sen. Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn’t,” she said. “I think that’s a very clear distinction.”
The Los Angeles TV and radio host Leeann Tweeden on Thursday accused Franken of forcibly kissing and groping her during a 2006 United Service Organizations tour in Iraq. Tweeden also released a photograph of Franken reaching for her breasts while she was asleep.
Franken apologized in a pair of statements.
“Coming from the world of comedy, I’ve told and written a lot of jokes that I once thought were funny but later came to realize were just plain offensive,” he said. “But the intentions behind my actions aren’t the point at all. It’s the impact these jokes had on others that matters. And I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to come to terms with that.”
Franken is now facing an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee.
Trump lambasted the Minnesota Democrat on Twitter on Thursday night.
“The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words,” Trump tweeted Thursday night. “Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”
Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by roughly a dozen women since the release last fall of the leaked 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump said his celebrity allowed him to grope and kiss women without their consent. He and the White House have characterized those accusations as lies.
Last month, Sanders suggested that the women who had accused Trump of sexual misconduct were lying.
“We’ve been clear on that from the beginning, and the president’s spoken on it,” Sanders said.
Also last month, during a press conference alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Rose Garden, Trump again dismissed the accusations against him.
“All I can say is it’s totally fake news,” Trump said. “It’s just fake. It’s fake. It’s made-up stuff, and it’s disgraceful what happens. But that happens in the world of politics.”
Watch Sanders’ comments:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders onTrump sexual misconduct allegations: “Sen. Franken hasadmitted wrongdoing and the president hasn’t” pic.twitter.com/pUpn6EtYfg
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 17, 2017