WASHINGTON — Donald Trump said Monday Hillary Clinton’s longtime staffer Huma Abedin is “better off” after leaving her sexting husband Anthony Weiner, while questioning whether Weiner had access to “highly classified information.”
Abedin, a deputy Clinton presidential campaign manager, announced that she was leaving Weiner on Tuesday, after standing by him during 2011 and 2013 sexting scandals that forced him to resign his seat as a New York congressman and contributed to his failed New York mayoral bid.
In a statement headlined “Hillary Clinton’s Bad Judgment,” Trump said, “Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him. I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information. Who knows what he learned and who he told? It’s just another example of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this.”
Abedin has worked for Clinton since she was first lady, including Clinton’s tenure as secretary of State. That is likely what Trump is referring to in his assertions, offered without supporting evidence, that Weiner may have had access to and passed along classified information.
Weiner’s latest downfall again came from sending out pictures of himself to a woman.
As the Associated Press story put it, “The New York Post published photos late Sunday that it said Weiner had sent last year to a woman, whom it identified only as a ’40-something divorcee’ who lives ‘out West’ and is a supporter of Donald Trump. The photos included several shots of Weiner bare-chested and two close-ups of his bulging underwear. In one of the pictures, Weiner is in bed with his toddler son while he is texting the woman, according to the Post.”