Trump Wishes Former Aide Well After Accusations Of Domestic Violence

Aaron Brown
February 10, 2018

US President Donald Trump has praised White House aide Rob Porter, who resigned this week after allegations that he abused two former wives, and stressed that Porter has maintained his innocence. He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent. "But we absolutely wish him well, hid a very good job while he was at the White House".

This is a developing story and will be updated.

"A lot of us could have done better", deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters when asked about the situation - a rare statement of contrition from the Trump White House.

President Trump finally broke his silence on the scandal involving former staff secretary Rob Porter's alleged domestic abuse of his two ex-wives. Nor did he act in September when he learned that the domestic violence claims were delaying Porter's security clearance, or in November when Porter's former girlfriend contacted him about the allegations, according to these people. A White House official said at the time that Kelly wanted Scaramucci removed because he did not think he was disciplined and had burned his credibility following a salacious interview he gave The New Yorker magazine.

Allegations against ousted staff secretary Rob Porter prompted a litany of questions about the president's recruitment and the ethics of those running the world's only superpower.

"It was very said when we heard about it, and certainly he's also very sad", Trump continued. "The truth must be determined, and that is what was going on with Rob Porter".

Porter's first wife, Colbie Holderness, has accused him of throwing her down and punching her in the face during a trip to Florence in 2005 and provided photos showing her with a black eye.

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Trump said he found out about the allegations recently, and was "surprised" by them.

"The difference between 690,000 and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn't sign up", Kelly said, according to reporters who were there.

But for White House staff, protected privacy may not cover all the information unearthed during the background check as the process consists of two separate reviews - one for clearance and one for suitability, Zaid said. Porter has denied the allegations.

Porter had been a rare staffer inside the White House who knew Washington, was widely respected and was seen as good at his job.

When the allegations were first reported by the DailyMail.com on Tuesday, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly came to Porter's defense and called the allegations "slanderous and simply false".

Shah explained Kelly's change in opinion about the seriousness of the allegations by saying that Kelly wasn't "fully aware" of the allegations until Wednesday. But Porter remained in his role, delivering all manner of information straight to the president's desk until he resigned this week.

Late Wednesday, Kelly released a statement claiming "new allegations" had swayed him. "The reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", he said in a statement announcing his resignation.

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