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Trump says he doesn't believe former wrestlers who say Rep. Jim Jordan knew of abuse allegations

President Trump said Thursday he thinks four former Ohio State University wrestlers who say Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) knew about alleged sexual abuse by the team's former doctor are lying.

"I don't believe them at all," he told reporters aboard Air Force One. "I believe him. Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I've met since I've been in Washington. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. He's an outstanding man."

From 1986 to 1994, Jordan, a Trump supporter, served as an assistant coach for the Ohio State University wrestling team. After three former wrestlers told NBC News earlier this week that Jordan knew of allegations of sexual abuse against the team's former doctor, Richard Strauss, Jordan said there's "no truth to the fact that I knew of any abuse."

A fourth former wrestler, Shawn Dailey, came forward on Thursday and told NBC News that Jordan and his fellow wrestlers discussed Strauss' behavior. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down," Dailey said, adding he considers Jordan "a good guy, but to say that he had no knowledge of it, I would say that's kind of hurtful." Strauss, who died in 2005, has been accused of inappropriate conduct by former Ohio State athletes from several different sports.