[ti:Trump Blames Democrats for Fueling Sexual Abuse Claims] [by:www.51voa.com] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:01.76]Donald Trump is blaming opposition lawmakers for fueling stories [00:07.81]that he abused women before becoming president of the United States. [00:13.68]On Monday, 56 members of the U.S. House of Representatives [00:19.36]called on House leaders to investigate reports [00:23.72]of sexual wrongdoing by Trump. [00:26.52]All 56 are female and members of the Democratic Party. [00:32.68]Tuesday, the president denied knowing any of the women [00:36.97]who claim he abused them. [00:39.44]He published the denial on the social networking website Twitter. [00:44.68]Trump wrote that the Democrats have been unable [00:48.95]to prove his presidential election campaign worked with Russia. [00:54.60]He added that "they are moving on to the false accusations [00:59.64]and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met." [01:06.72]Trump also criticized New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat. [01:13.12]On Monday, Gillibrand told CNN she believed Trump's accusers. [01:19.60]She said many of their stories "are heartbreaking." [01:23.76]Gillibrand joined three other Democratic senators [01:27.68]in calling on Trump to resign from the presidency immediately. [01:32.65]She said if he does not do so, Congress "should have [01:37.81]appropriate investigations of his behavior and hold him accountable." [01:43.60]On Twitter, Trump called Gillibrand a "lightweight." [01:48.44]He said she has "begged" him for campaign donations [01:52.20]"and would do anything for them." [01:55.08]On Monday, the 56 lawmakers sent a letter to Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, [02:02.72]who heads the House Committee on Oversight and Government Relations. [02:08.16]The letter was also sent to Elijah Cummings, [02:11.60]the top Democrat on the committee. [02:14.44]The letter noted that "at least 17 women [02:17.88]have publicly accused the president of sexual misconduct." [02:23.24]It said "The American people deserve a full inquiry into the truth of these allegations. [02:30.64]The president's own remarks appear to back up the allegations... [02:35.80](He) feels at liberty to perpetrate such conduct against women. [02:40.96]We cannot ignore the multitude of women [02:43.52]who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump." [02:48.48]The letter invites Trump to provide evidence that will show he did not do [02:54.20]what the women accuse him of doing. [02:57.48]Three women who accused Trump last year [03:00.76]of making unwanted sexual advances repeated their claims on Monday. [03:07.36]They called on Congress to investigate. [03:10.80]They noted that many other powerful men have been punished recently [03:15.44]for their mistreatment of women. [03:18.28]During the 2016 election campaign, [03:21.44]at least 12 women accused Trump of sexual misconduct. [03:27.04]He denied all of the accusations. [03:30.44]On Sunday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, [03:36.20]spoke in support of the growing number of women who have reported abuse. [03:42.40]Haley told CBS News that any woman who has felt violated [03:47.02]or mistreated by a man has every right to stand up, even if she is accusing Trump. [03:55.00]"Women who accuse anyone should be heard," Haley said. [03:58.96]"They should be heard, and they should be dealt with." [04:03.80]In a statement on Monday, the Trump administration again rejected [04:08.64]the women's claims against the president. [04:12.68]Also on Monday, administration spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said [04:19.60]"we feel these allegations have been answered" by the results of the election. [04:26.20]"The American people knew this and voted for the president," she added. [04:31.56]I'm John Russell. [04:33.88]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM