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Trump lashes out, casts doubt on exit of aide accused of abuse

Trump lashes out, casts doubt on exit of aide accused of abuse

It was unclear from the Post report if that was Sorensen's version of what Corbett claimed was him running over her foot.

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. Despite Trump's insistence to brush off Porter's violent past as "mere allegations", the fact remains that both of his former wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, have evidence to back up their claims in the form of graphic photos of abuse and a 2010 protection order, respectively. Trump was not consulted when Hicks and several other aides drafted a White House statement defending Porter, and he was under the impression that Hicks had let her relationship with Porter cloud her judgment, a source familiar with the matter said.

Porter's resignation was announced Wednesday, just hours after a photograph was published of Holderness with a black eye, allegedly inflicted by Porter.

Mr Shah added that the White House immediately confronted Mr Sorensen upon learning of the allegations on Thursday night. Sorensen said he is innocent but was leaving to avoid bringing controversy on the White House. He said strongly yesterday that he is innocent, but you will have to talk to him about that'. Those possible replacements include Mick Mulvaney, the budget director; Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California; and Gary D. Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser. At a senior staff meeting on Friday, Kelly tried to push his own timeline concerning Porter. She helped craft the White House's initial supportive response and has clashed with Kelly.

For all the turmoil, Trump on Friday warmly praised Porter, saying it was a "tough time" for his former aide and noting that Porter had denied the accusations.

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

As White House staff secretary, Porter was responsible for reviewing all documents signed by the president. Sources for CNN said in a Wednesday report that Kelly knew about the allegations since last fall because Holderness and Porter's second wife Jennifer Willoughby told their claims to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which tied up Porter's application for a security clearance.

"White House chief of staff John Kelly must resign", said Van Pelt.

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But Kelly's handling of the Porter affair rattled some aides, who questioned his full-throated defence of an accused batterer, according to more than a half-dozen White House officials and outside advisers who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

"He totally denies it", Trump said of Moore after The Washington Post first reported the allegations.

Porter, whose title was staff secretary, controlled material coming to the president and was frequently at Trump's side.

"That's like saying: 'That ax murderer over there - he's a great painter!'" Biden said at a public event.

"Is there any other crime - and it's a crime - where there'd be an explanation that the reason we shouldn't pay attention to the transgression is because they're good at something?"

However, Trump had said that Porter's departure was "very sad" and "he did a very good job while he was in the White House".

Ivanka Trump, who hired Hicks at her company prior to working for the Trump campaign, said Hicks was a "team player".


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