When asked about the allegations of sexual misconduct against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that it is a "scary time" for men in the United States and that men are now "guilty until proven innocent," ABC News reported.
"It's a very scary situation where you're guilty until proven innocent," Trump said on the White House lawn. "It's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of."
The president continued by saying, “It’s a tough thing going on. If you can be an exemplary person for 35 years and then somebody comes and say you did this or that, and they give three witnesses and the three witnesses at this point do not corroborate what she was saying.”
The White House has directed the FBI to investigate the claims against Kavanaugh after it appeared uncertain that there would be enough votes in the Senate for his confirmation.
"What's happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice. It really does,” Trump said. “You could be someone who was perfect their entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something. It doesn't necessarily have to be a woman ... but someone could accuse you and you’re automatically guilty."
Asked if he had a message for young women, Trump said, “Women are doing great,” according to The Hill.
The president said he hopes for a “positive” vote in the Senate this week for Kavanaugh, but it will "be dependent on what comes back for the FBI.”
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