Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is separating from her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, in the wake of his latest sexting scandal that reportedly included an image of his toddler son in a suggestive photo he sent to another woman.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Ms. Abedin said in a statement 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.”
The New York Post reported Sunday night that Mr. Weiner was engaged in racy exchanges with another woman, which continued through earlier this month and reportedly included a lewd shot with his young son in the picture.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in a statement that Ms. Abedin is making a “very wise decision” and that she’ll be better without Mr. Weiner, but said he’s worried the former congressman might have been a security risk.
“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,” Mr. Trump said.
“Who knows what he learned and who he told? It’s just another example of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment,” he said. “It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this.”
Ms. Abedin and Mr. Weiner were married in July 2010, with former President Clinton officiating.
Mr. Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 in the wake of a separate sexting scandal that was triggered when he accidentally posted a lewd image of himself online.
He first said his social media account was hacked, and later admitted that he did indeed send the photo, but said he was not resigning. He ultimately announced his resignation on June 16, 2011, apologizing “for the personal mistakes I have made and for the embarrassment I have caused.”
Mr. Weiner announced in May 2013 he was running to become mayor of New York City, only to have more suggestive chats surface soon afterward.
In July 2013, Ms. Abedin joined Mr. Weiner at a press conference and said: “I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as I have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.”
Mr. Weiner’s unsuccessful bid for mayor of New York was the subject of a recently released documentary film titled “Weiner.” Mr. Weiner told The New York Times recently that Ms. Abedin never granted permission for filmmakers to include her in the documentary.
A spokeswoman for the film said the filmmakers had consent for everyone who appeared, including Ms. Abedin and Mr. Weiner.
Asked by the paper whether he was still engaging in activities that had gotten him into trouble in the past, Mr. Weiner said: “I’m not going to go down the path of talking about any of that.”