The White House has reacted to allegations leveled against Democrat and Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo.
Two former female aides to Cuomo alleged this week that the governor attempted sexual assault and harrasment on them.
A lady, Boylan first accused Cuomo of kissing her on the lips and asking her to play “strip poker.”
Another former aide, Bennett, 25, alleged on Saturday February 27, that the governor asked her inappropriate questions and told her he was open to relationships with women in their 20s, comments that left her feeling that he “wanted to sleep with me.”
Cuomo has since denied the allegations.
Beth Garvey, special counsel and senior adviser to Cuomo,63, said in a statement Saturday that Cuomo “has requested an independent review and all staff will cooperate in that endeavor.
The White House has now responded to the allegations, stating that President Joe Biden backs an “independent review” of the sexual harassment claims.
Speaking to CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said;
“There should be an independent review looking into these allegations, and that’s certainly something he supports, and we believe should move forward as quickly as possible.”
“They’re serious. It was hard to read that story as a woman, and that process should move forward as quickly as possible, and that’s something we all support and the ?p?resident supports,” Psaki said.
Psaki was asked by CNN anchor Dana Bash whether the president believed the allegations from Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan about Cuomo.
“President Biden has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be heard, should be treated with respect and with dignity. Charlotte should be treated with respect and dignity, so should Lindsey,” Psaki responded to Bash.
On Thursday, days after the first allegations came out, Psaki told reporters at the White House that women who come forward with sexual harassment claims should have their voices heard and the allegations reviewed.