Trump laments lives being 'destroyed by a mere allegation' after 2 staff members resign amid domestic-abuse claims

He didn't specify if he was referring to domestic-abuse claims.

ByAlexander Mallin and Maia Davis
February 10, 2018, 2:39 PM

— -- In a week when two White House staff members resigned amid domestic abuse allegations, President Donald Trump lamented in a tweet Saturday that lives are being “destroyed by a mere allegation.”

Trump did not refer directly to the allegations against Rob Porter, who resigned Thursday as staff secretary, or speechwriter David Sorensen, who resigned Friday following similar allegations by his ex-wife.

The president also didn’t specify whether he was referring to domestic abuse claims or more broadly to other allegations, such as the sexual harassment and sexual misconduct accusations that have surfaced against many powerful men in Hollywood, media and politics amid the #MeToo movement.

PHOTO: White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order for James Mattis as defense secretary, as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, watches, Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order for James Mattis as defense secretary, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, watches, Jan. 20, 2017.
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Trump himself has been accused by at least 16 women of misconduct ranging from sexual assault to harassment to inappropriate behavior, claims that he has adamantly denied.

“People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” the president said in his tweet Saturday. “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”

PHOTO: President Donald Trump hosts a law enforcement round table on MS-13 at the White House on Feb. 6, 2018 in Washington.
President Donald Trump hosts a law enforcement round table on MS-13 at the White House on Feb. 6, 2018 in Washington.
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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
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