WH response to abuse claims shines light on victims' fears

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Porter, who is now in a relationship with White House communications director Hope Hicks, announced his resignation last Wednesday after the unearthing of domestic abuse allegations from two of his ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, who shared stories and photo evidence of alleged repeated physical abuse.

Trump, speaking Friday about Porter, who resigned after public reports that two ex-wives have accused him of abuse.

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.

Trump, who was recorded on tape prior to his presidency boasting about sexually assaulting women, has denied allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women, and said he was the victim of a "smear campaign".

Trump did not express sympathy for the two women who this week gave graphic accounts of the verbal and physical abuse they said they suffered while married to Porter, who resigned on Wednesday.

Trump not only accepted Porter's claim of innocence but praised him for doing "a very good job" and offered his wishes for "a wonderful career" ahead. We heard the Today Show hosts saying it's hard to reconcile the person that came to work every day with the person that we've heard about through these allegations, very similar to the President's response that it's hard to reconcile a man who walked into the White House... with the man who allegedly committed these atrocities.

Sorensen told the Post in a text message that he stepped down because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction". He didn't mention the ex-wives or their allegations against Porter.

Trump said he was not aware of the claims before this week's news reports.

Hicks, the youngest White House communications director in history, has always been one of Trump's closest confidants.

During the campaign, Trump called Clinton "guilty as hell" and said she should "go to jail" over her email use, citing a potential breach of national security.

Trump confidant and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski - who was formerly romantically involved with Hicks - pointed a finger of blame at former Marine corps general Kelly.

Mr Trump has complained that Mr Kelly did not bring the Porter allegations to him sooner, adding to his frustrations about the chief of staff's attempts to control him and Mr Kelly's recent inflammatory comments about immigrants.

Trump pushed for the death penalty in the Central Park Five case, telling Larry King in 1989, "maybe hate is what we need if we're gonna get something done".

Corbett called it "scary" that someone like her ex-husband had access to the White House after describing the reports to the Federal Bureau of Investigation last fall.

They also raised questions about how seriously the president takes allegations of domestic abuse. Hicks continued to see him and did not tell the president. Trump also repeatedly questioned the validity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate, despite no credible evidence to dispute the fact Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.

"Rob Porter has been effective in his role as staff secretary". There is no sense the chief of staff's departure is imminent, according to two people familiar with the situation. The Washington Post reported that McGahn knew in January 2017 that Porter's ex-wives were prepared to make damaging claims that could threaten his ability to receive a security clearance.

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