Ernst to Trump: Send stronger message about alleged abuse

WASHINGTON - Sen. Joni Ernst is calling on President Donald Trump to send a stronger message against domestic abuse after the resignation of two White House aides.

Former staff secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen have both been accused of domestic abuse. They resigned last week, though they both say they're innocent.

On Tuesday, Ernst told CNN's John Berman that she's disappointed in Trump.

"I just want to reemphasize to everybody that abuse is never OK and we need to send a very clear signal that it won't be tolerated and it won't be tolerated with our employees," said Ernst. 

Berman asked if the president is sending that signal. 

"I think he needs to send a stronger message a stronger message," said Ernst. "We need to allow women and men that have been abused to come out make sure their stories are heard and believed....I'd like him to come out a little bit stronger on that."

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