Second White House staffer resigns amid abuse allegation

Former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter.       Jonathan Ernst  Reuters
Former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter. Jonathan Ernst Reuters
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12 February, 2018

"Her colleagues have quietly accused her of looking out for Porter and not the White House, and she has been visibly upset in recent days as her personal life becomes a national news story", the report said.

But he's far from the only one working alongside Trump in the White House - or on the campaign trail - who has been accused of abusing women.

President Trump appeared to weigh in on the resignation of two White House staffers accused of domestic abuse Saturday, bemoaning that lives are being destroyed by "a mere allegation".

Conway added that the president's Saturday tweet was more "generic", telling Tapper that Trump "never said the Me Too movement; he never said Rob Porter's name".

Conway also delivered what she said was a vote of confidence from Trump for chief of staff John Kelly, who has come under fire for his handling of the Porter matter. "We absolutely wish him well".

The thrice-married Trump has denied sexual misconduct and harassment accusations against himself by more than two dozen women, and downplayed his 2006 comments on "Access Hollywood", in which he said he would kiss and grab women without their permission.

White House officials told the Post they only learned about the allegations against Sorensen Thursday night and immediately confronted.

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"He wants to see us move from a process now existing in law, of extended family chain migration, towards merit-based legal immigration reform", Shah said. "He's had a number of controversies recently". But Trump has not always been concerned about making sure that people accused of wrongdoing get a fair hearing.

Trump Friday wished his former aide well, noting that Porter had done "a very good job in the White House". "His pathetic defence of staff secretary Rob Porter reveals his true nature - an enabler of sexual abusers, a betrayer of trust and an avoider of responsibility". A photo of his first wife with a black eye that she said she recieved when Porter punched her during an argument, surfaced this week.

Hicks reportedly knew about the allegations but continued to date Porter, and did not make the president aware of the developments. The President did not express any sympathy for the women Porter allegedly abused, instead focusing on Porter's claim of innocence.

According to the White House, his position did not require a security clearance and his background check was ongoing. Porter's former girl friend spoke to Mr. Kelly about the allegations in October.

"That's like saying that axe murderer out there, he's a great painter", said former Vice President Joe Biden. Kelly, meanwhile, was Porter's loudest defender, including in the first hours after the graphic photos of alleged abuse emerged.

Villa said she threatened to report Lewandowski over the slap, and that he said, "Go ahead, I work in the private sector", and slapped her a second time, harder. D'Antonio began before adding the President's comments on Porter manifest the long held belief that "Decades of this practice trained many people to accept 'Trump being Trump, ' which meant they discounted his racist, sexist comments and tweets". Still, the White House and Kelly stood by him, with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insisting he hadn't been pushed out.

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