White House Faces Questions About Key Aide's Employment

Katrina Barker
February 9, 2018

After White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned yesterday (Feb. 7) following reports of domestic abuse accusations, an old Reuters photo of White House personnel reminds us how suddenly those in Donald Trump's close orbit can leave it.

"I think it's fair to say that we all could have done better over the last few days in dealing with this situation", Raj Shah, a deputy press secretary, said.

The White House's defense is to claim that the security clearance for Porter was the FBI's fault, also insisting that Trump's chief of staff knew nothing.

Porter has strongly denied the allegations. Of the five people pictured in it, none are still formally associated with Trump or the White House.

Porter, well-liked throughout the White House, lost internal support once the photos came out.

Porter had been under fire since Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, another of Porter's exes, shared their stories of domestic abuse and that they'd previously told the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

And, finally, when the story about Porter's allegedly beating up both his wives broke, Kelly's first response, according to CNN, was altogether very bad. By the time the president was fully briefed of the claims against Porter on Wednesday, the once-rising White House star had already resigned, according to the official. But his frustration with Kelly has grown in recent weeks. All of this is on Kelly, who was supposed to have established a measure of control.

"The President and Chief of Staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance".

Mr Kelly has yet to comment on reports that he knew of the allegations against Mr Porter.

The president also once suggested a woman that accused him of assault wasn't attractive enough for him to have done it.

Though Trump frequently vents about senior aides, he is often loath to fire staffers. "But he is resigning from the White House but is going to stay on to ensure that there's a smooth transition moving forward".

But the White House press secretary refused to be drawn on that issue.

Tester added: "If John Kelly is covering this up, he needs to be held accountable".

Toni Van Pelt, head of the National Organization for Women, was more direct.

He denied both of the ex-wives' allegations.

The Family Leader, headed by a major player in evangelical politics, Bob Vander Plaats, says its mission is to "strengthen families, by inspiring Christ-like leadership in the home, the church, and the government". Both women had details of their troubled marriages to Porter as FBI investigators conducted a routine security background check on him.

"Background checks involve a complex investigation run by intelligence and law enforcement agencies", Mrs Sanders told reporters.

Rob Porter (Centre) served as a clearinghouse for paperwork destined for or coming from Donald Trump's desk, as well as an important influence on policy in his own right. Porter said in his statement. Several aides and White House advisers expressed disgust and said Kelly had failed the president if he knew about Porter's history with his ex-wives and didn't inform Trump. Evangelicals did not abandon Trump when almost 20 women came forward with detailed allegations of harassment and/or assault, nor when word came out that he allegedly paid hush money to a porn star before the election, nor when he endorsed Moore.

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