John Kelly Faces Pressure Following Handling of Rob Porter's Abuse Allegations

John Kelly Faces Pressure Following Handling of Rob Porter's Abuse Allegations

Saturday's tweet follows spousal abuse allegations against two Trump aides that shook the White House over the past week.

Porter, whose title was staff secretary, controlled material coming to the president and was frequently at Trump's side.

White House legislative director Marc Short denied that Trump personally waived Porter's interim security clearance, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation made further checks on his background, to allow him to handle the highly classified documents that flow to the president's desk.

There are now calls for Chief of Staff John Kelly, who allegedly knew about Porter's problems, to be investigated as well.

A White House official told the Associated Press Kelly has not offered to resign.

Kelly said he did not know the full severity of the claims until just recently.

"I think when the White House said they could have handled the situation better, that's a bit of an understatement, yes", Flake said. Both men left their posts despite denying the allegations from ex-wives of physical and emotional abuse.

Mr Kelly told officials in the West Wing on Friday that he was willing to step down over his handling of the Porter affair, according to two officials aware of the discussions.

Over the past two years, more than a dozen women have accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances against them.

Critics have denounced his remarks about Porter, saying they illustrate why abused women are afraid to come forward.

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"I think he could have been more explicit about the victims of domestic abuse and how domestic violence is never okay", Cortes said.

"It's beyond disbelief", one former White House official told Vanity Fair.

"So many positive things going on for the U.S. and the Fake News Media just doesn't want to go there", he tweeted Sunday.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures next to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly during a briefing with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., October 5, 2017.

I think the issue here is deeper than whether Trump, or General John Kelly, or Sarah Huckabee Sanders, or Senator Orrin Hatch, or Hope Hicks, or whether anyone else believes me or defends Rob.

Several women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he assumed office, claims he dismisses as lies.

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", the president wrote. The words "mere allegation" and "falsely accused" meant to imply that I am a liar.

Reuters has not independently confirmed the allegations.

"In this case, you have contemporaneous police reports, you have women speaking to the Federal Bureau of Investigation under threat of perjury. you have photographs, and when you look at all of that pulled together, Rob Porter did the right thing by resigning", Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. On Friday, The Hill added, Trump praised Porter, emphasizing that the former staffer denies the accusations. "And there can be no tolerance for violence against women and we have to be absolutely clear about that". "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent, but you'll have to talk to him about that".

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