Trump laments 'shattered' lives after aides resign

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"Hope is absolutely fantastic", President Trump told the New York Times in a statement released through a spokesman.

Chief of staff John Kelly told President Donald Trump he is willing to resign amid a tidal wave of scrutiny over his handling of the domestic abuse allegations against Rob Porter, ABC News reported Friday. Porter has denied the allegations. It's all she has left.

At a senior staff meeting on Friday, Kelly tried to push his own timeline concerning Porter.

Kelly said he found out only Tuesday night that the accusations against Porter "were true".

Given Hicks attempts to protect Porter's image, it might not be surprising to know that she was dating Corey Lewandowski during the campaign when he was charged with battery for grabbing a female reporter.

Trump not only accepted Porter's claim of innocence but later praised him for doing "a very good job" in the White House, and offered his wishes for "a wonderful career" ahead.

He only stepped down from his post Wednesday after the accusations became public. The chief of staff said Friday that the decision was made before photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye were published.

Porter resigned from his post at the White House on Wednesday amid abuse allegations from two ex-wives. "He did a very good job when he was in the White House". In November, the official said, one of Porter's ex-girlfriends called McGahn to describe allegations of domestic abuse by the aide.

On Friday evening, the White House announced new posts for 31 officials, including elevating to acting staff secretary Derek Lyons, another Harvard Law School-educated lawyer, who formerly worked on Capitol Hill and had been Porter's No. 2. Porter was in the first wave of staffers to fill the White House after Trump's inauguration.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said President Donald Trump still has "full confidence" in his chief of staff and his communications director.

Society at large may be trying to better grapple with issues of sexual and domestic abuse, but Americans certainly aren't looking to the White House for guidance on these subjects. Both of Porter's former wives had already, on the record, alleged that he had abused them, physically and verbally, during their marriages.

He, however, vehemently denied the allegations and said "she was the one who victimized him", according to reports. Further, Holderness said she told her story to the FBI on January 24, 2017 when she was interviewed as part of Porter's security clearance investigation.

It is unfathomable how Mr. Trump, who railed against Hillary Clinton for potentially exposing government secrets through her private email account, could allow Mr. Conway said people "should look at the result of how this (was) handled".

"That's like saying: "That axe murderer out there, he's a great painter", Biden said.

Trump's comments come on the heels of the #MeToo movement, which gained traction in 2017 as a hashtag on Twitter to help women tell their stories about sexual violence and support others who have experienced abuse.

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