Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Sunday that the women accusing President Donald Trump of sexual advances “should be heard.”
Haley’s remarks differed from the White House’s stance on these women. According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, its position is that the more than dozen women are lying. She said that in electing Trump president, the American people themselves settled the issue.
When asked whether she, too, considered the issue “settled”, Haley said, “You know, that’s for the people to decide. I know that he was elected. But, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them.”
The ambassador’s comments put the focus on a challenge Republicans are faced amid growing reports of sexual allegations. Namely, they have rebuked both Democrats and liberals for allegations made against them, but have failed to do so with members of their own party.
Republicans still continue to support Senate candidate Roy Moore in the special election race, despite numerous women accusing him of sexual harassment.
Haley praised women who have come forward with accusations against men in powerful positions, saying “any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”
In face of sexual assault allegations, Democrats have called on Trump to resign as some have already done.
“Al Franken felt it proper for him to resign. Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault, who says on a tape that he assaulted women. He might want to think about doing the same,” Senator Bernie Sanders said on Sunday.
Last week, Senator Jeff Merkley also called on Trump to resign “because he certainly has a track record with more than 17 women of horrific conduct.”