White House speechwriter resigns after domestic abuse allegations

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He also, as you probably know, says he is innocent and I think you have to remember that.

Porter's first wife claims she was choked and punched by Porter with the abuse starting shortly after their 2003 wedding. Andrew Puzder, Trump's initial pick for labor secretary, backed down from the job after his former wife accused him of domestic violence. "It's a, obviously, tough time for him".

At Thursday's press briefing, The White House tried to clarify. "And we hope he has a wonderful career", Mr Trump said. "We certainly wish him well".

On Saturday morning, Donald Trump weighed in, via Twitter, on the recent slew of allegations that have rocked the White House, reportedly ushering in a return to the chaos of his first few months in office. On Friday, he made a freakish statement of support for his former staff secretary Rob Porter, wishing him well and emphasizing that Porter had denied any wrongdoing.

The White House initially offered a staunch defense of Porter when the allegations emerged against him on Tuesday night.

One of the USA president's closest aides, staff secretary Rob Porter, resigned on Wednesday after the publication of allegations that he had abused his two ex-wives.

"Kelly has to bear substantial responsibility here", said Larry Sabato, a political science professor at the University of Virginia.

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White House officials have faced criticism for their handling of the Porter episode, after initially offering statements supportive of him. "Domestic violence is abhorrent and has no place in our society".

"If he (Trump) draws scrutiny to himself, he's OK with that". Senior White House officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation knew about the allegations for months, raising questions about why he was allowed to remain in his post.

David Sorensen, a speechwriter for President Trump, reigned when he learnt that the Washington Post was working on a story detailing accusations of physical and emotional abuse by his ex-wife. He said very strongly yesterday that he is innocent. In all instances, they claimed the purported misconduct occurred years before he entered politics.

According to Pirro, however, Kelly should not be blamed for the Porter scandal - but the previous president should.

The revelations about Porter have raised fresh questions about the attitude of senior White House staff toward allegations of improper behavior by employees.

Trump on Friday blocked the release of a classified memo written by congressional Democrats to rebut a Republican document that he allowed to be made public last week.

The official stressed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had at no point revoked Porter's security clearance, which they could have done. His background check was ongoing, they said.

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