Ex-wife of ousted White House aide describes an 'abusive' marriage

White House staff secretary Rob Porter Comes After Abuse Allegations

For the past year, he was working with an "interim" clearance.

President Donald Trump on Friday defended former aide Rob Porter, wishing him well in his future endeavours without any mention of the two ex-wives who have accused Porter of physical and emotional abuse.

"The President wants to see legal immigration reforms".

Russian Federation already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE was unhappy with deputy press secretary Raj Shah on Thursday after Shah said the White House could have done a better job handling the situation surrounding abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter, according to CNN. There was no action to remove Porter from the White House staff, however. He was bombarded by questions on the White House advisor's sudden exit, the U.S. media reported. He described Trump as being "surprised", "disheartened" and "saddened" by the allegations. It also raises the question of who else in the White House knew, including the president himself. Before reports about the abuse allegations, Porter had asked her to downplay the assertions in the piece, she told Cooper.

On Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House was allowing the issue to play out through the security-clearance review process, arguing that it was the appropriate place for the allegations and Porter's denials to be assessed.

Porter resigned Wednesday, but he denies the allegations.

Kelly said in a statement that Porter was "a man of true integrity and honor, and I can't say enough good things about him".

As Porter's second ex-wife, Jennie Willoughby, illustrated to Anderson Cooper last night, this is more than just another political football for the administration to have a kick at. Porter was in the building for a short period to clean out his desk, Shah said.

Kelly told reporters the only other indication he had that something could be wrong came in November, when he got an update on pending background investigations and learned "there was some things that needed to be looked into". We saw it with Roy Moore and his accusers, many of whom say they were under 18 when Moore, then in his 30s, pursued and in some cases sexually assaulted them. And they came amid rampant White House finger-pointing about who knew what, and when, about the severity of the spousal abuse allegations. The entire White House's knee-jerk reaction to allegations is to believe the accused man and call the woman a liar spreading fake news. And in 2010, following their separation, she filed a temporary restraining order against Porter after he punched in a window of their home. During their honeymoon in Myrtle Beach, the bursts of anger that she had already become familiar with were "more intense", she said.

President Trump was not told of the accusations until this week, two senior officials said, after they were first published by the Daily Mail, and he had grown fond of Porter in his job, which often put him by the president's side.

On Thursday, the Post also reported that Porter has been explaining the pictures of Holderness' black eye, which she has distributed to the media, saying that "they were arguing over a vase, and she was somehow hit with the vase".

"We were in contact, even a couple days ago, as he was asking me to release a statement about my blog post", she said, referencing a post where she wrote about his alleged abuse and why she stayed with Porter. Shah added that Kelly retained the president's confidence.

"Rob Porter has been effective in his role as staff secretary".

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