Huma Abedin Announces Separation From Husband Anthony Weiner

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Huma Abedin announced Monday that she was separating from her husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner.

“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s campaign co-chair and longtime aide, said in a statement obtained by NBC. “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.”

Abedin’s announcement comes in the wake of a New York Post report released Sunday night that featured lewd messages allegedly exchanged between the former member of the New York House of Representatives and an unidentified woman. Two prior sexting scandals put an end to his congressional career in 2011 and to his 2013 New York City mayoral bid in 2013.

Weiner deleted his Twitter account on Monday.

Donald Trump wasted no time tying news of the couple’s separation to Clinton’s “bad judgment,” suggesting that Weiner’s proximity to the Democratic nominee may have “greatly compromised” America’s national security.

“Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him,” Mr. Trump said in a statement.

“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,” he continued. “Who knows what he learned and who he told? It’s just another example of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this.”

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