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Trump laments 'shattered lives' after aides resign

11 February 2018

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to talk about allegations and due process.

He supported former Fox News executive Roger Ailes, who since had died, as he faced harassment allegations.

"It should be able to focus on continuing President Trump's historic accomplishments for the American People", he said in the text message, the paper reported. "Some are true and some are false".

The Washington Post first reported Sorensen's resignation Friday evening, and reported that his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, alleged that "he ran a auto over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine's coast, an incident she said left her fearing for her life".

Rob Porter and Donald Trump
Rob Porter and Donald Trump. Jonathan Ernst Reuters

Critics say the president's chief of staff, John Kelly, has badly mishandled the matter and that his future at the White House hangs by a thread.

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short echoed Conway's comments on "Meet the Press", and disputed reports that Kelly had offered to resign.

Senior aides knew for months about the allegations levied against Porter, even as his stock in the West Wing continued to rise, multiple sources have told CNN. "The president is as well", Mulvaney said on the Fox News Sunday programme.

But there was no sign that a move was imminent, according to the people with knowledge of the conversations. "John Kelly knows that he serves at the pleasure of the president, and he will step aside anytime the president doesn't want him to be there".

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David Sorensen, a speechwriter who worked at the Council on Environmental Quality, resigned after being confronted by White House officials, spokesman Raj Shah said. Another went public with a photo of her sporting a black eye that she alleges was the result of being hit by Porter. That same day, it issued a statement from Kelly praising Porter. Some aides in that meeting privately questioned Kelly's account, thinking his version of events was self-serving, according to one official with knowledge of the meeting but not authorized to discuss it publicly. "He did a very good job when he was at the White House".

Porter resigned Wednesday following allegations from his two ex-wives that he had physically abused them.

"And then they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him". "He also has full confidence in Hope Hicks, his communications director".

The White House said in a statement that it had been made aware of the allegations before The Washington Post reached out regarding the story.

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It was a rare moment in the spotlight for Hicks, Trump's longest-serving aide who is usually content to remain in the background. NPR has confirmed Sorensen's departure, which was first reported by the Washington Post. When men who he likes or who agree with his political leaning are accused of this sort of behavior, Trump is quick to note their denials - and to slough off the very real evidence many of these women have to back up their claims.

"Most importantly, the President has deep respect for her, cares about her greatly, and listens to her", Ivanka Trump said Friday, per NYT. "I've always found him to be just a very, very good person, and by the way a very, very talented person". And the official stressed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had at no point revoked Porter's interim security clearance.

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Trump laments 'shattered lives' after aides resign