CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday resurfaced an old tweet from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump’s desire for military parade: ‘We have a Napoleon in the making’ MORE denouncing domestic abuse, hours after Trump praised Rob Porter, who resigned as White House staff secretary over allegations that he abused his ex-wives.
In October 2012, Trump tweeted in response to news that singer Rihanna appeared to be once again romantically paired with Chris Brown after he physically assaulted her.
“If Rihanna is dating Chris Brown again then she has a death wish,” Trump wrote. “A beater is always a beater- just watch!”
Tapper retweeted the remarks:
“A beater is always a beater” https://t.co/MF2LmWiKlP
– Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 9, 2018
Trump is facing quick backlash for comments he made Friday morning praising Porter’s work and saying he hopes he has “a great career ahead of him.”
“Well, we wish him well. He worked very hard,” Trump said.
Porter stepped down Wednesday following news reports that his two ex-wives had accused him of domestic abuse, with one providing photographic evidence.
Porter denied the allegations, which Trump was also quick to point out in his defense of the former staff secretary.
“He says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent. So you’ll have to talk to him about that. But we absolutely wish him well.”