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Pence on Porter: WH has acknowledged 'they could have handled it better'

Pence on Porter: WH has acknowledged 'they could have handled it better'

Trump praised Rob Porter's work as White House staff secretary and said he hopes the former aide goes on to a successful career elsewhere.

White House speechwriter David Sorensen abruptly resigned Friday after his ex-wife accused him of repeatedly abusing her during a rocky 2½-year marriage, The Washington Post reported Friday night.

Sorensen's "former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive during their turbulent two-and-a-half-year marriage - allegations that he vehemently denied, saying she was the one who victimized him", The Post reports.

Shortly after Trump's inauguration, McGahn, the White House counsel, first learned from Porter himself that there were abuse allegations against him, according to two people briefed on the situation.

Holderness and Willoughby told The Daily Mail they were in contact with a woman who said she was Porter's girlfriend.

"I think the White House has acknowledged that they could have handled it better", Pence said, referring to White House spokesman Raj Shah's comment that administration officials "could have done better" in dealing with the allegations. He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. These things, coupled with the volume of allegations from multiple women, would give any attorney hired by Porter pause, as it would be hard for Porter to claim the falsity of the accuser's statements.

Hicks may have waded into murky territory by helping write Kelly's response to the allegations against Porter.

Vice President Mike Pence says he, too, was unaware of Rob Porter's background, even though he in charge of the hiring process when the ex-White House staff secretary would have been vetted.

Other White House officials have said it was the release of the photos Wednesday morning that sealed Porter's fate.




McGahn and Kushner have clashed repeatedly on a number of topics, though Kushner's lack of a clearance has been particularly irksome for the White House's top lawyer and other administration officials in recent months, people familiar with the matter said.

'The time that he resigned is when I first became aware of the allegations of domestic abuse, ' he said in a sit-down with Lester Holt on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. But Kelly handed Porter more responsibilities to control the flow of information to the president.

Mr Shah said that Mr Trump was not aware until Tuesday of the accusations against Mr Porter, who was a frequent presence in the Oval Office and helped craft last week's State of the Union address.

"Did a very good job while he was at the White House".

"Where are the women in the White House, why don't they walk out en masse?"

Trump's comments came as a new timeline emerged indicating that top officials knew much earlier than previously disclosed that Porter faced accusations of violence against women.

According to the Washington Post, Sorensen denies the claims and said he was victimized by his wife.

Gidley said: "Don and Jared have had a great working relationship since the campaign and that has continued throughout their time at the White House".


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