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Trump on Ex-Aide Accused of Abuse: 'We Wish Him Well'

10 February 2018

Ms. Hicks has been a constant at his side on trips and photo opportunities, and keeps as close an eye as possible on Mr. Trump's interviews with journalists.

In the initial report, both of Porter's former wives claimed that Porter had a violent anger, detailing abuse ranging from emotional to physical. Porter denies the claims. "While we are all processing the shocking and troubling allegations made against a former White House staffer", Kelly declared.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly chats with reporters before a roundtable discussion on the MS-13 gang in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Feb. 6, 2018. "There is no place for domestic violence in our society".

Porter had been a rare staffer inside the White House who knew Washington, was widely respected and was seen as good at his job.

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The White House was also put on the defensive about Porter's interim security clearance, fielding questions about how someone could handle some of the nation's most sensitive documents while potentially being ripe for blackmail.

Allegations against ousted staff secretary Rob Porter prompted a litany of questions about the president's recruitment and the ethics of the group of people running the world's only superpower. Again, Pence highlighted the generosity of the President for allowing him to represent America on the global stage, and reiterated that staffing issues would be dealt with when he returned to the White House. The former girlfriend, who also works in the administration, declined to comment Thursday.

His comments come a day after a White House spokesman said they could have better handled the accusations. She also thinks Hicks should run from Porter as fast as she can. "And we hope he has a wonderful career". "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. McGahn made other officials aware of the accusations she communicated but took no concrete steps, the official said. You wanted the Trump show in the White House? So the Trump White House knew.

A second White House staffer has departed the Trump administration in the wake of abuse allegations. That person is a direct conduit to the President, traveling with him and serving as a sort of information gate-keeper.

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Ms Willoughby says she was married to Mr Porter from 2009-13.

On Thursday, amid the growing controversy, Shah said Porter had cleaned out his desk that morning and would not be back.

The announcement came as part of a slew of promotions announced by the White House Wednesday evening.

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and Ivanka Trump walk across the South Lawn before departing the White House on August 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. After Porter allegedly punched a glass door in their home, Willoughby obtained a temporary protective order against him. "To be clear, Mr. Kelly empowered and defended a domestic abuser in a highly sensitive role despite evidence from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he could not receive a security clearance". And how, logistically speaking, could Porter do his job without a security clearance?

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His first spouse, United States government analyst Ms Holderness, said he had kicked her on their 2003 honeymoon in the Canary Islands and punched her in the face on holiday a couple of years later in Florence, Italy. She said she hadn't. One of the ex-wives offered pictures of a black eye as proof. It's unclear what he told investigators. In the message, Corbett told her mom: "He's killing me".

Trump on Ex-Aide Accused of Abuse: 'We Wish Him Well'