Trump On Rob Porter's Resignation: 'We Wish Him Well'

Howard TerryFeb 10, 2018

Kelly's rehashing of the events, which conflicts with public and behind-the-scenes accounts from multiple sources, left some White House officials with the impression that Kelly was trying to get senior staff to get on the same page about the recent events - and offering a rosier picture of his own actions - the sources said.

President Donald Trump expressed concern for Tom Porter, his former staff secretary who resigned following domestic abuse allegations.

Pence told NBC in an interview on Friday that he was "appalled" by the allegations against Porter.

But Trump is reportedly furious with Kelly over his handling of the issue.

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The president's remarks came on a morning when Porter's second wife appeared on NBC's "Today Show", detailing physical abuse, and saying she gave a full accounting months ago to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

In November, the White House heard back from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Porter, who quit the White House staff as the media spotlight grew, has denied the accusations. The agency found the allegations so credible that it held up Porter's security clearance. He is so tall and white and handsome and such a joy to work with, nobody would ever suspect he could be abusive. Why is the focus on Porter and not on the women? And everybody knows women can be vindictive and unreliable.

Porter is facing allegations of domestic abuse leveled against him by his two ex-wives. And Porter himself - Harvard! Porter assured McGahn, another person briefed on the matter said, that the accusations from the former wives were lies.

Trust him with a super sensitive job, of course.

The comments came the day after White House chief of staff John Kelly tried to assure staff that the Trump administrations takes domestic violence "very seriously" amid mounting questions about how Porter managed to maintain a position of high influence despite the allegations. "But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he's also very sad now". Trump can relate to Porter because he, too, has been victimized by women spreading vile lies.

The Daily Mail also published a copy of an emergency protective order obtained by Willoughby against Porter, which concluded that "reasonable grounds exist to believe that [Porter] has committed family abuse and there is probable danger of a further such offense".

'I think the White House has acknowledged that they could have handled it better, ' he said, distancing himself entirely from the scandal. So clearly he did nothing wrong. "He did not do what they are saying he did". Also, he loves and respects his super-attractive daughter, so Q.E.D.

"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can't say enough good things about him", Kelly said in a statement. If you look at what's really going on. he totally denies it.

But Porter said he didn't do it. Porter was in the first wave of staffers to fill the White House after Trump's inauguration. I just asked him again.

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