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Senator Gillibrand visits WNY, talks feud with President Trump

Posted at 5:24 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 17:24:17-05

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been catapulted into the national spotlight after getting involved in a very public social media fight with President Donald Trump. But she's hoping to shift the focus from her to the larger issue at hand.

"Our voice is being heard and people are fighting for what they believe in," the junior senator said Friday. "Trying to fix what we're doing on campuses nationwide or in the military where we have a really high rate of sexual assault and retaliation and a very low conviction rate."

Senator Gillibrand was in Cheektowaga to discuss new legislation that would support and fund career and vocational education.

Senator Gillibrand and the president exchanged fiery tweets this week.

The senator calling on President Trump to resign, referencing sexual harassment allegations leveled against the president. These allegations were made public before President Trump was elected to office.

President Trump responded by calling Senator Gillibrand "a total flunky for Chuck Schumer" and saying she "would do anything" for campaign contributions.

Senator Gillibrand called his tweet "sexist" and an attempt to silence her voice. But she doesn't want to be the focus in this fight. Instead, she's hoping people will focus on sexual harassment and assault.

"We introduced a bill yesterday with over 20 senators, 8 of whom were Republican, to change the rules of Congress about how to deal with this issue of sexual harassment and make that system work better," she said.