White House says Trump takes domestic violence seriously

White House says Trump takes domestic violence seriously

"In this case, the president has denied any of these allegations".

Sorensen resigned this week after being accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife. "He is a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional". "That Colbie Holderness is a liar", Willoughby wrote. Kelly's new statement said he was "shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter". There's no tolerance in this white house, no place in America for domestic abuse. White House staffers have contended Kelly knew about the extent of the accusations only Tuesday night.

Kelly reportedly offered his resignation over the matter, amid allegations he knew about Porter's problems but allowed him to keep his White House post - without full Federal Bureau of Investigation security clearance. And after Fox fired popular talk show host Bill O'Reilly amid reports of payouts over harassment claims, Mr Trump called him "a good person".

It was his first tweet on the topic since he lauded his ousted staff secretary, Rob Porter, in brief remarks to reporters in the Oval Office on Friday. But Kelly took no action against Porter.

Porter's ex-wives detailed the allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the course of a routine background check, they told CNN. "John Kelly is doing an outstanding job".

"The President tells me he learned when the rest of us did, the pictures, the police reports, the information provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation". Shah also said Kelly was not terminated, and is still chief of staff. He reaffirmed that John Kelly has not offered his resignation.


Trump's latest tweet comes at a time when many Republicans would prefer to see Trump keep the spotlight on a generally healthy economy and December's big tax cuts, reported AFP. Porter has since resigned. One of the women said Porter choked and punched her during their five-year marriage, according to a report published Wednesday by the Daily Mail.

Further, Conway told Tapper she didn't worry about White House communications director Hope Hicks dating Porter, as "I've rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts" - as if strong, smart women are never abused.

President Trump has been a man known for his voracity and aggressiveness towards the opposite sex and for the misogyny that his character gives off, even before the famous audio with Billy Bush leaked during the 2016 campaign.

Trump said he was saddened by the charges but pointed out that Porter has denied the accusations. "He worked very hard". Found out about it recently, and I was surprised by it. "But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he's also very sad now". It's obviously a tough time for him.

Huckabee Sanders seconds earlier had read a glib and tone-deaf statement, and ended by saying the White House would have no further comment. "I think he's very disturbed by it, and I think he's very disappointed".

"You know there does seem to be a pattern here", Stephanopoulos said to Conway on Sunday. You think that maybe someone would have mentioned it to me.

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