Trump: 'I'm totally opposed to domestic violence'

President responds amid Porter scandal

By KEVIN LIPTAK, CNN WHITE HOUSE PRODUCER
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with congressional members at the White House Feb. 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C., discussing the infrastructure principles he had unveiled on Monday.

(CNN) - President Donald Trump broke days of silence on the matter of spousal abuse, saying on Wednesday he was opposed to all manner of domestic violence.

"I'm totally opposed to domestic violence. And everybody here knows that," Trump said in the Oval Office. "I'm totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that. And it almost wouldn't even have to be said. So, now you hear it, but you all know."

Trump had remained silent on his views toward domestic violence as a controversy has swirled over former White House aide Rob Porter, who was accused of abusing his ex-wives.

Porter denies all the allegations against him.

Trump had repeatedly declined opportunities to speak out on the matter. Instead, he praised Porter's character and said accused abusers are owed due process.

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