President Trump came forth this Wednesday to sign a legislation that strengthens the requirements to report sexual abuse, a bill that rapidly passed by Congress after the slew of allegations against ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.
The recent signing is closed to the press, according the president’s schedule, and comes as the White House finds itself under heavy criticism over its handling of claims of domestic abuse.
The new legislation which was sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein, was first introduced back in 2017 but received a much needed push after the publicity surrounding the Nassar case first broke, in which more than 150 women testified that the doctor sexually abused them when they sought treatment.
He was convicted and sentenced last month to 175 years in prison
The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act enforces that certain adults who interact with young athletes to report cases of child abuse, including sexual abuse.
Porter had held his position on the White House staff for more than seven months after the FBI completed a background check in which it had interviewed the two women he had abused.
Trump has vehemently defended Porter after calls from lawmakers in both parties that he more sternly fight against domestic violence. Trump this past Tuesday ignored questions at press events about domestic violence, and would almost certainly be asked additional questions if the event surrounding the Feinstein legislation was open to reporters.
This past Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a statement she said was constructed by Trump in which he declared his personal support for victims of domestic violence.
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