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Donald Trump laments that 'mere allegation' of abuse can destroy lives

11 February 2018, 06:36 | Taylor George

He told the Post via text message that he had made a decision to leave his position because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction", and that the administration should instead "be able to focus on continuing President Trump's historic accomplishments for the American People". But the aftershocks of his resignation reverberated amid concerns about his access to classified information.

However, a day later when Ms Holderness produced a photo of herself with a black eye that she says she received when Mr Porter threw a vase at her, Gen. Kelly came out with a statement condemning domestic violence and Mr Porter resigned.

Porter's two ex-wives claimed in an interview with CNN's MJ Lee that they experienced years of abuse from Porter, including incidents of physical violence, and said they detailed the allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the agency conducted a routine background check into Porter.

The president's comments Friday were the first time he had spoken publicly about Porter since the allegations surfaced Wednesday in a report in the British tabloid The Daily Mail.

He also pointed to his ex-wife's two convictions for driving offences, the first of which was for a DUI, saying they proved she was of bad character.

Ex-wife Jessica Corbett has alleged domestic abuse. Sorensen has denied his wife's claims.

Shah said that Trump was not aware until Tuesday of the accusations against Porter, who was a frequent presence in the Oval Office and helped craft last week's State of the Union address. But his frustration with Kelly has grown in recent weeks. "And, you know, you have to listen to him".

Trump's tweet drew backlash from some on social media, including third-ranking Senate Democrat Patty Murray. Remarkably among the Trump administration's unceasing string of problems, this one was not Trump-inflicted - rather it was inflicted by the very staffer who was supposed to stop the president from self-harm. A dismissal of Kelly would surely revive the narrative of a White House in crisis as it faces the ongoing Russian Federation probe and the midterm elections. In that time, Porter's stock in the White House continued to rise.

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In December, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefed reporters on Trump's views after three of his accusers called on Congress to investigate his past behavior.

"If John Kelly is covering this up, he needs to be held accountable", Sen.

Toni Van Pelt, head of the National Organization for Women, was more direct.

The president's inclination to reject accusations against him goes beyond those lodged by women, including, most notably, allegations that his presidential campaign colluded with the Russians.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is attending the Olympics in South Korea, tried to distance himself from the issue, but also stressed in an NBC interview that "there is no tolerance in this White House, no place in America for domestic abuse". "His pathetic defense of staff secretary Rob Porter reveals his true nature_an enabler of sexual abusers, a betrayer of trust and an avoider of responsibility".

Until hours before the Harvard graduate left his post, the White House was praising him as an upstanding and integral member of staff.

According to a White House official, Sorensen's job with the Council on Environmental Quality did not require a security clearance, but his background check was ongoing.

Both of Porter's ex-wives have detailed the nature of the abuse they said they suffered at Porter's hands and said they informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The officials emphasised that they did not consider a resignation imminent.



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