Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin says Monday that she is separating from husband Anthony Weiner, after the former congressman was accused in yet another sexting scandal.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” she says in a statement issued by Clinton’s presidential campaign. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”
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.
Donald Trump was quick to weigh in on the announcement and look to make political hay of it.
““Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him,” Trump said in a statement, according to the New York Times.
“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,” he added. “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.”
— with AP