Deputy Press Secretary addresses Trump aide leaving White House after abuse allegations

Deputy Press Secretary addresses Trump aide leaving White House after abuse allegations

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has said earlier Wednesday that Porter's last day at the White House has not yet been set, and added that Porter will stay on to ensure a smooth transition to his successor.

"The allegations made against Rob Porter, as we understand them, involve incidents long before he joined the White House". I asked CWA for comment on Porter.

After those images were published, Porter announced his resignation on Wednesday.

"I took the photos given to the media almost 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", he said.

Both of Porter's ex-wives have detailed the nature of the abuse they said they suffered at Porter's hands and said they informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"We were arguing and he punched me in the face", Porter's first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, told The Daily Mail.

Meanwhile, The Post obtained documents that showed that Porter's second wife, Jennie Willoughby, had obtained a temporary emergency protective order in 2010 after an altercation during which Porter refused to leave her property and smashed her window with his fists. He also said that the president remained confident in Kelly and Hope Hicks, the communications director who has come under fire for the White House response to the Porter scandal.

The accusations were first reported in the Daily Mail and include accounts of physical and emotional abuse.

Porter has denied the allegations brought forth by his ex-wife, calling them "outrageous" and "simply false".




The Family Leader, headed by a major player in evangelical politics, Bob Vander Plaats, says its mission is to "strengthen families, by inspiring Christ-like leadership in the home, the church, and the government".

Mr Porter attended Harvard with the President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

"Sen. Bob Casey questioned why Kelly, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, "[continued] to praise Rob Porter until the pictures detailing his conduct became public". Hicks is reportedly in a romantic relationship with Porter.

Porter has strongly denied the allegations.

"President Trump's framework would end the visa lottery program and reallocate some of the visas to help reduce backlog of high-skilled, employment-based immigrant cases", the White House said.

The Daily Mail reported that Mr Porter did not receive security clearance for his White House job after the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed his ex-wives during background checks. In recent weeks, the president has complained about the chief of staff to his circle of informal advisers, according to two people who speak to the president regularly but are not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

Last year, Trump vigorously defended Judge Roy Moore, the failed Alabama Senate candidate who was accused by several women of sexual misconduct-including one woman who said he sexually assaulted her when she was 14 years old and another who said he attempted to rape her when she was 16 years old. Porter the Trump administration's staff secretary resigned February 7.

In a fact sheet, the White House yesterday said that Trump intends to end diversity lottery visa and allocate some of these to reduce backlog of high-skilled immigrants. Kelly, along with Porter, helped organize the West Wing's policy and decision-making process and infused the staff with a clearer sense of objective, officials said.

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