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

10 February, 2018, 11:02 | Author: Lucy Floyd
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David Sorensen, a member of the Trump administration's speechwriting team, has resigned after being accused of domestic abuse, a White House official says. The White House is denying that is that case.

She was forced to take out a temporary protective order in 2010 to keep Porter away from her.

"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can't say enough good things about him". "He is a friend, a confidante, and a trusted professional". In a CNN interview this week, Willoughby said her ex-husband asked her to release a statement to "downplay" the abuse allegations.

There is also the question of when Kelly knew of the allegations against Porter. Sorensen's job does not require a security clearance.

While the FBI runs the background check for White House staff, the Office of Presidential Personnel still must sign off on the investigation to move the process forward.

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Porter has denied the abuse allegations.

Mr Kelly, meanwhile, was Mr Porter's loudest defender, including in the first hours after the graphic photos of alleged abuse emerged. Sources familiar with the situation told ABC they didn't believe Kelly's departure was imminent.

"John Kelly would never look the other way at spousal abuse", the senior administration official told Farhi.

A second White House official has resigned amid accusations of domestic violence, according to a report by The Washington Post. It also makes it extraordinarily hard to move that individual to another agency that requires clearance, the source said.

Kelly expressed to Trump on Friday that he was willing to resign over the ordeal, sources close to Trump told ABC News. Rep. Mark Meadows, the House Freedom Caucus chairman who has risen in prominence of late, is also a name in the mix.

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Fallout from the president's defense of Porter was swift with many taking to social media to denounce Trump's remarks because he did not bring up the ex-wives accusing Porter of abuse. ABC News has not spoken with Sorensen nor with his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, who, according to the Washington Post, said she reported his behavior to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during their background check of the speechwriter.

Porter resigned under pressure Wednesday after his two ex-wives alleged that he beat them.

Despite the controversy, Mr Trump praised his former aide last night.

A number of politicians criticised Mr Kelly, and a leading women's group called on him to resign. "He worked very hard". But we certainly wish him well.

Trump was so infuriated by the ordeal he even phoned Reince Priebus, the previous chief of staff who was ousted after he also attracted Trump's ire, to vent about Kelly, The New York Times reported. And we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him.

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