Before he became president, Trump probably had no idea who Jim Jordan is.
Yet, President Donald Trump on Thursday defended Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who at least five wrestlers have claimed turned a blind eye to sexual abuse while he was coaching at Ohio State University.
“I don’t believe them at all,” he told reporters on Air Force One, before a raucous campaign rally in Montana. “I believe him. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind.”
The president praised Jordan ― a Trump ally and co-founder of the powerful, conservative House Freedom Caucus ― calling him “an outstanding man.”
Former wrestlers have accused their team doctor from the time of sexual abuse in the mid-’90s. Five former wrestlers also say Jordan, who served as an assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994, knew about the abuse but did nothing, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.