Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) said Tuesday she believes President Trump refuses to denounce domestic violence because of "his own history" and "his own story." The Senator said Trump has had several times to clarify his remarks about disgraced former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and has yet to do so. Baldwin also called for Chief of Staff John Kelly to be fired in an interview on CNN Newsroom.
"Let me get to infrastructure in a bit, but I've got to stay on this issue of Rob Porter because we know that President Trump today was asked if he had a message for the survivors of domestic abuse, domestic violence at the end of this meeting today he had with law enforcement. And, Senator, he totally declined to take that question. Why do you think the president will not send a strong message to women, and men, in this country?" CNN's Brooke Baldwin asked.
"It defies imagination," Baldwin said. "I have to think it is also about his own history and his own story. Lots of folks have been asking whether the chief of staff should resign. You know, the real question to ask is should the president fire him and I think the answer is yes if he wants to make a clearer statement on deeply troubling ways in which this White House and this president is ignoring the voices of women."
"So you think the president should fire John Kelly to send that message?" the CNN anchor asked.
"Yeah," Baldwin responded.