White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday touted President Trump’s treatment of women after Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) reminded the country that a man who has “bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault” is still sitting in the oval office.
“I think that the president treats, certainly as a woman myself, I’ve never felt treated with anything but the highest level of respect and been empowered to do my job and that’s what I’ve seen the president do day in and day out since I’ve been here and during the campaign,” Sanders said told reporters at a press briefing.
“There’s certainly White House policies we are reminded of and all of us expect each of us to respect those policies and to not cross a line that is not only not legal but not appropriate and not ethical,” she added.
Franken announced Thursday that he would resign after facing mounting accusations of sexual misconduct.
In his speech from the Senate floor, Franken denied some of the charges against him and noted the “irony” that he is resigning while the president still remains in office.
“I, of all people, am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Franken said, referring to the “Access Hollywood” tape that surfaced during the 2016 presidential election.
Trump can be heard boasting on the tape about how he can grab women “by the pussy” and take advantage of them because of his wealth and celebrity status.
“I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her,” Trump can be heard telling Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump later dismissed his remarks as “locker room” talk.
Sanders also declined to comment on Franken’s criticism.
“The president addressed the comments back during the campaign,” Sanders said. “We feel strongly that the people of this country also addressed that when they elected Donald Trump to be president and I’ve addressed it several times from here and don’t have anything new to add.”
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says the American people addressed sexual assault accusations against Trump "when they elected Donald Trump to be president." pic.twitter.com/KvGRyrl7l5
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