President Donald Trump believes that Congress should release the names of every lawmaker who settled harassment cases quietly with taxpayer money.
“I do. I really do, I think they should,” Trump said when asked about his opinion on proposed transparency for the congressional Office of Compliance.
Trump also reacted to several reports of prominent men in media, entertainment, and politics accused of unwanted advances, harassment, sexual misconduct, and abuse toward women.
When asked by reporters to respond to the “pivotal moment in our nation’s history” for women, Trump appeared pleased that improper behavior was getting exposed.
“Women are very special,” he said. “I think it’s a very special time because a lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society, and I think it’s very, very good for women.”
Trump did not respond to questions about the women who accused him of harassment, during his campaign for president.
He said he didn’t want to speak for Sen. Al Franken, after a photo surfaced of the comedian groping a woman in her sleep, and he declined to say whether he thought the Minnesota senator should resign.
“As far as Franken is concerned, he’s going to have to speak for himself,” Trump said. “I’d rather have him speak for himself.”
Trump also said that he had heard about the settlement reached by Congressman John Conyers two minutes before he left the White House, but did not comment on the case.