Axios: Porter claims WH told him to 'stay and fight'

Axios: Porter claims WH told him to 'stay and fight'

The allegations of domestic abuse against Porter first came to light last Tuesday.

Several of President Donald Trump's senior advisers fanned out on the Sunday morning talk shows to defend the response and seemingly to soften some of the president's comments.

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", he tweeted.

Martin said victims of domestic violence and abuse often hesitate to come forward or to leave their relationships, no matter how toxic, because they worry nobody will believe their accounts, particularly when the balance of power between the abuser and the victim is uneven.

The president has fumed that Kelly was too slow in bringing the allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter to his attention.

Porter has denied the accusations against him, as well.

His comments sparked criticism from Democrats, with former Vice-President Joe Biden saying Trump had downplayed the allegations against Porter.

But no action was taken to remove Porter from the staff, and instead, Kelly and others oversaw an elevation in Porter's standing; for example, he was one of a handful of aides who helped draft last week's State of the Union address.

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Indeed, a third White House chief of staff in just over a year, along with the quick turnover of other officials, would only fuel perceptions of mismanagement by the Trump Administration.

Trump also told reporters on Friday that Porter's departure was "very sad" and that "he did a very good job while he was in the White House", but he did not express sympathy for the women Porter allegedly abused, instead focusing on Porter's claim of innocence.

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.

"He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that", Trump said. It's a White House where distinguishing between right and wrong is prohibited.

"You falsely alleged rape by the #CentralParkFive even AFTER they were exonerated, but said nothing about due process for 5 black boys", Cornell William Brooks, a former president of the NAACP, said in a tweet.

He said the scandal reminds people that Trump has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct. If she didn't recuse herself, her bosses John Kelly and President Trump should have ordered her to have no involvement.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is attending the Olympics in South Korea, tried to distance himself from the issue, but also stressed in an NBC interview that "there is no tolerance in this White House , no place in America for domestic abuse".

Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House only learned late Thursday about allegations against Sorensen, the speechwriter. He defended him and attacked the women who made the allegations, He said they were complaining and saying awful things about someone who had helped them.

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