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Mr. Trump also said the episode was an issue of national security.

“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.”

Mrs. Clinton was informed on Sunday about Mr. Weiner’s disclosures to Ms. Abedin, though it was unclear if Ms. Abedin spoke directly to Mrs. Clinton. Ms. Abedin remains in the Hamptons with her son and was not expected to join Mrs. Clinton there to attend campaign fundraisers on Monday.

Ms. Abedin and Mr. Weiner had been growing apart for some time, according to the two people close to the couple, with Ms. Abedin often on the campaign trail with Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Weiner at home with Jordan. The two people said that the Post story had not caused a sudden and unexpected rupture to a happy marriage, but rather was the trigger for Ms. Abedin to move for a separation.

Campaign officials had braced for fresh revelations about Mr. Weiner after the Post reported earlier this month that a Republican had baited Mr. Weiner into a sexual online chat. Asked by The Times this month whether he was still engaging in the activities that had foiled his political career, Mr. Weiner replied, “I’m not going to go down the path of talking about any of that.”

Still, Ms. Abedin had recently presented an image of herself and Mr. Weiner as something of a team. In the August issue of Vogue, Ms. Abedin spoke of balancing motherhood with a strenuous campaign job. “I don’t think I could do it if I didn’t have the support system I have, if Anthony wasn’t willing to be, essentially, a full-time dad,” she told the magazine.

Ms. Abedin, 40, has been at Mrs. Clinton’s side for two decades. She was her intern in the 1990s during the presidency of Bill Clinton and became a top aide while Mrs. Clinton served as a senator from New York. Ms. Abedin, now vice chairwoman of the campaign served on both of Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaigns — a mark of loyalty and trust that Mrs. Clinton prizes — and is often referred to as a surrogate daughter.

Mr. Weiner did not immediately reply to an email seeking his comment.

Mrs. Clinton strongly supported Ms. Abedin when Mr. Weiner’s sexually charged text messages came to light in 2011, a year into their marriage, and again in 2013, when Mr. Weiner was running for mayor of New York. Friends of Mrs. Clinton said that she spoke to Ms. Abedin at length about the marriage and that she supported Ms. Abedin’s decision to remain with Mr. Weiner and work on their marriage.

After the New York Post published its story Sunday night revealing Mr. Weiner’s latest texts, several allies of Mrs. Clinton said they contacted campaign advisers to express frustration and anger with Mr. Weiner, asking whether the campaign or Ms. Abedin would respond to the Post story or take action. Two of these allies said they were told that some kind of statement would be coming and that they were urged to respect Ms. Abedin’s privacy.

Mrs. Clinton had hoped to ride out the final week of August with limited distractions and maintaining a solid lead in national polls. This week, she has a series of private fund-raisers and an address to the American Legion’s annual convention on Wednesday in Cincinnati.

The announcement of the separation came after The Post showed that Mr. Weiner had exchanged photos with the woman. She appeared in various bikinis and Mr. Weiner was half-dressed, showing off his stomach or his groin — and they talked about sex.

In one message, Mr. Weiner abruptly changed the discussion from massage parlors and reportedly wrote, “Someone just climbed into my bed.”

“Really?” the woman replied.

His response, in a screen shot dated July 31, 2015, showed a child curled up next to Mr. Weiner, who was wearing only white Jockey shorts.

City officials would not comment on whether the incident would prompt an inquiry into Mr. Weiner’s behavior.

“Confidentiality laws preclude us from commenting on specific cases,” Carol Cáceres, deputy press secretary for the Administration for Children’s Services, said in a statement.

Martin Guggenheim, a professor of law at New York University and expert on children’s rights, said Mr. Weiner’s behavior wasn’t likely to trigger an inquiry, adding that such “investigations rarely are done on the privileged side of town.”

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