Trump praises Rob Porter, aide who resigned over spousal abuse allegations

Secretary Rob Porter reminds U.S. President Donald Trump he had a bill to sign after he departed quickly

Secretary Rob Porter reminds U.S. President Donald Trump he had a bill to sign after he departed quickly

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 praised the work of his former staff secretary Rob Porter on Friday, saying he hopes Porter - who resigned after reports surfaced that he abused his ex-wives - has a "great career ahead of him".

"It's an obviously tough time for him", Trump 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. Shah says that, "like many of us", Trump "did not see that in Rob Porter".

The president's chief of staff, John Kelly, was informed of the allegations, and that they were being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and had denied Porter a permanent security clearance, last fall.

Trump said "it was very sad when we heard about it". He said very strongly yesterday that he is innocent.

Like Porter, Kushner has yet to be granted the clearance but he has not been denied, either.

There is growing frustration among Trump's aides and allies in and out of the White House that chief of staff John Kelly badly mishandled the situation against Porter, one of his top deputies. "But we absolutely wish him well", Trump continued. The evidence against Porter includes a photograph of his first wife, Colbie Holderness, with a black eye she says Porter gave her and an order of protection his second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, sought in a Virginia court.

Instead, the White House released a statement from Kelly praising Porter's character.

In press statements Tuesday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defended Porter, saying he was "a man of true integrity and honor". But he also said he said he stood by his "previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation".

"He told the staff he took immediate and direct action", one of the officials said, adding that people after the meeting expressed disbelief with one another and felt his latest account was not true.

Holderness says Porter kicked her, choked her, and threw her down when angry with her. Willoughby told the Daily Mail that when she was taking a shower after an argument, Porter dragged her out of the shower by the shoulders to continue yelling at her.

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