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Three Strikes and Weiner’s Out

Abedin announces separation amid new sexting scandal, Trump praises 'wise decision'

Donald Trump lauded Huma Abedin for her decision to separate from her disgraced husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, Monday following the outbreak of a new sexting scandal.

Abedin, a top aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, announced that she would be separating from the former Democratic New York congressman after Weiner’s latest bout of sexting came to light Sunday. Linking Abedin and Weiner’s woes with Clinton’s “bad judgment,” Trump praised Abedin for her “very wise decision.”

“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.”

“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 Monday. “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’s decision to split from Weiner arose after the New York Post published an article Sunday evening with an explicit photo Weiner allegedly sent to another woman — while the couple’s young son was in bed with him. Although the pair stayed together through two previous sexting scandals in 2011 and 2013, Abedin announced she would separate from Weiner.

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“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin said in a statement released Monday. “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.”

It still remains to be seen whether or not Clinton will “split” from her aide following revelations Abedin has ties to a radical Islamic publication. Abedin herself has received an onslaught of negative press as more of Clinton’s private email server correspondences have been published, and the backlash only promises to continue as more are set for public release.

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