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Trump Today: President says he’s ‘totally opposed to domestic violence’ as House opens probe into ex-aide Porter

This column provides a daily update on key presidential actions as well as comments, whether spoken aloud or on Twitter, by President Trump. Like the stock market, the deadline for Trump Today action is 4 p.m. Eastern time, even as we acknowledge that substantive news can and does occur after hours.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s “totally opposed” to domestic violence, as a House committee chairman said he was opening a probe into ex-White House aide Rob Porter.

‘EVERYONE KNOWS THAT’

Responding to a shouted question at the White House, Trump said “I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that and it almost wouldn’t have to be said.” Trump had earlier praised Porter, saying he did “very well” in his job and telling reporters Porter has said he is innocent.

Trump’s comment came as House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, said he wanted answers about Porter. Porter, who resigned as staff secretary last week, has denied allegations of domestic violence against his two ex-wives. Gowdy questioned during a CNN interview how Porter had had any job if there were allegations of domestic abuse.

See: ‘How in the hell was he still employed?’ House oversight chief Gowdy asks as he launches Porter investigation.

TRUMP BACKS GRASSLEY BILL

Trump urged the Senate to support a bill offered by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley that embraces the president’s immigration proposals, including a border wall and ending a visa lottery program. As the Senate debates immigration policy this week, Trump said he’d oppose what he called a Band-aid approach that would protect Dreamers for a few years in exchange for a small increase in spending on border security.

Read: Why ‘Dreamers’ are less likely to drop out of high school.

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President Donald Trump and Sen. Tim Scott listen during a working session regarding opportunity zones in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.

INFRASTRUCTURE AND OPPORTUNITY ZONES

Trump held separate White House meetings on infrastructure and the so-called opportunity zones that businesses are invited to make investments in under the recently passed tax overhaul.

“If we have to fix a road, we can’t fix it,” Trump told bipartisan members of Congress at the infrastructure meeting. “If we have to fix a tunnel, we don’t do it because we don’t have the money. We spent $7 trillion in the Middle East. It’s ridiculous.” The meeting included five Democrats and seven Republicans.

At the meeting Trump reportedly endorsed a 25-cent gasoline tax hike to pay for infrastructure.

Trump was joined by Sen. Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the opportunity zones event. Scott cited Trump’s support for getting the initiative included in the tax law.

See: Here’s where the money goes in Trump’s infrastructure plan.

Opinion: Infrastructure plan takes another dig at universities.

CONDOLENCES FOR FLORIDA VICTIMS’ FAMILIES

Trump said he spoke to Florida Gov. Rick Scott after a shooting at a high school in Parkland. CNN reported there were at least 20 people injured. “We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting,” Trump said on Twitter.

My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018

Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018

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