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Kelly's support of Porter is disgusting (letter to the editor)
09 February 2018, 10:11 | Christie Tate
Trump says lives being destroyed by 'a mere allegation' after staffers resign over domestic abuse claims
It was not clear who among Trump's top aides knew of Staff Secretary Rob Porter's history with his two ex-wives, or how much they knew. "Hicks played a significant role initially in drafting the statements defending Porter".
Shah told reporters that President Donald Trump was not aware of any issues with Porter's security clearance before Tuesday and "was surprised" by the abuse allegations.
Those are just some of the "facts" White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah shared with reporters Thursday afternoon at a press briefing originally scheduled for 1:00 PM that did not begin until almost three hours later.
The Porter scandal exposes personnel problems that go beyond Porter himself.
Porter's exit is another embarrassing staffing setback for Trump and further turbulence for his National Security Council, the president's chief advisers on matters of war and diplomacy. His view didn't change in June when the Federal Bureau of Investigation flagged some of its findings to the White House. Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent. The 29-year-old former model also reportedly dated a married man -Trump's first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, according to Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff.
His first spouse, Ms Holderness, said the White House aide had been verbally and physically abusive.
Porter, who stepped down on Thursday, vehemently denied the allegations and called it a "coordinated smear campaign". Needless to say, if anyone in a Democratic administration allowed a character like Porter to remain in the White House after receiving evidence of his alleged violence against women, these groups would be calling for the heads of all concerned and denouncing the president for creating an atmosphere where women are not respected.
Porter was trusted by Kelly as a crucial ally in bringing order and discipline to a White House full of political and policy novices, and he was regarded as an even-tempered check on the volatile tendencies of the president and some of his other aides.
McGahn received a call from the ex-girlfriend in late November, officials said.
Aware of Hatch's comments, Willoughby said she would let her story speak for itself.
If authorities were following protocol, Terrell said, that disclosure would have been sent to the White House Counsel's office.
Porter was "operating on an interim security clearance" but his clearance was never "denied", Shah said.
On Tuesday, allegations of domestic abuse surfaced against Porter by his two ex-wives.
Some journalists have also raised the prospect that she might turn against Trump. I do not know the details of Rob's personal life.
"We want to ensure that people coming into the country are the best and the brightest, regardless of nationality, creed, religion, or anything else in between", Shah said.
"This is a process used throughout the US government", Shah said. He's been approached by private sector firms over the past several months with offers to leave the administration, and has considered them, but told colleagues earlier this year that he wasn't planning on leaving the White House, the person said.
Raj Shah, the spokesperson, said a photo of one of Porter's ex-wives released on Wednesday, showing her with a black eye, led West Wing staff to believe the accusations.
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