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Trump supports Kelly despite White House departures: aides

Trump supports Kelly despite White House departures: aides

It's not looking great for White House chief of staff John Kelly after not one, but two of his staffers resigned this week over troublingly similar accusations of domestic abuse. Porter has denied the allegations. The FBI typically takes such charges, and its impact on a security clearance, to the White House counsel's office, whose job is to determine if those charges are disqualifying.

The day prior to his Friday night meltdown, Cortes also attacked The Nation's Joan Walsh and told her she is "not fit to shine John Kelly's shoes" after she criticized the chief of staff for twice defending Porter.

Mr Trump's White House has been heavily criticised for its handling of the allegations, which come amid a national debate over sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement that has seen an avalanche of claims fell towering figures across various industries.

"There's a lot going on behind the scenes in the White House, a big scramble to cover this up or at least mitigate the situation because they know it's a mess right now", said Gabriel Debenedetti with Politico.

Porter resigned as White House Staff Secretary last week following reports of a pattern of domestic abuse stemming as far back as 2003 involving two ex-wives and a third woman who dated him. Both men left their posts despite denying the allegations from ex-wives of physical and emotional abuse.

Mr Porter worked directly with Mr Kelly, the chief of staff, and was considered a skilled insider.

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The delay in processing security clearances is thought to be partially due to the fact that many people in the Trump administration have not previously had government jobs or have been shown to possess numerous foreign ties.

Short acknowledged Sunday that the Porter matter exposed "some lack of communication" within the White House, but he said the well-regarded aide was "out" shortly after officials became aware of the extent of the abuse allegations.

But she also said she has "no reason not to believe the women". Porter had kept his job despite two ex-wives telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he'd physically and mentally abused them.

In 2010, Porter was handed a protection order against him as a result of his wives' allegations.

Porter has also denied the allegations, calling them "simply false". The words "mere allegation" and "falsely accused" meant to imply that I am a liar. "I guess the White House has gone through that same experience".

Trump said much the same about Porter in remarks to reporters Friday, in which he praised Porter's job performance.

"While I may understand President Trump and Gen. Kelly's incredulity at such a counter-image of their golden boy, I do not condone their choice to support him", she wrote. "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent, but you'll have to talk to him about that".


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