Washington, Dec 11: Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, has said that the women who have accused President Dold Trump of touching or groping them without their consent “should be heard”, the media reported. Haley’s comments to CBS News on Sunday evening diverged from the White House position on the more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of misconduct, reports The Washington Post.
'Trump's accusers should be heard'
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that the White House’s position is that the women were lying and that the American people settled the issue by electing Trump despite the accusations.
When asked whether she considered the allegations a “settled issue”, given last year’s election results, Haley responded: “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.”
Haley’s comments highlighted a challenge facing Republicans as a cultural revolution on the topic of sexual harassment sweeps the country. Republicans have seized on allegations of wrongdoing by Democrats, including Representative John Conyers Jr. and Setor Al Franken who announced they would resign last week. Haley spoke about Trump’s accusers after praising women who have come forward with allegations about powerful men in various other industries. “They should be heard, and they should be dealt with. “And I think we heard from them before the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.” (IANS)