Conway Defends Trump Response To Abuse Allegations Against Ex-Aide

Kellyanne Conway on CNN's

Kellyanne Conway on CNN's"State of the Union. Screenshot via @CNN Twiter

Porter-who resigned on Wednesday-is reportedly involved romantically with White House communications director Hope Hicks, for whom his second ex-wife, Jennie Willoughby, says she's anxious. In recent weeks, the president has complained about the chief of staff to his circle of informal advisers, according to two people who speak to the president regularly but are not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

He said Trump was still "inclined" to release the memo if revisions are made.

But Trump is reportedly furious with Kelly over his handling of the issue. He's been victimized by the Obama Administration who were using all sorts of agencies, not just the FBI & DOJ, now the State Department to dig up dirt on him in the days leading up to the Election.

But Trump has grown frustrated with Kelly, once commended for bringing discipline to the West Wing but who recently has been at the center of his own controversies.

Vice President Mike Pence, striking a markedly different tone than Trump, said in an interview Friday on MSNBC that "there's no tolerance in this White House and no place in America for domestic abuse".

'If they didn't know, it's a failure of vetting, ' he said of Porter's personal history.

Now the blog is inspiring an outpouring from people who say #MeToo.

In 2010, Porter was handed a protection order against him as a result of his wives' allegations.

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

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

Christie told ABC News in a Wednesday podcast that Porter's name never came up when he was in charge of Trump's transition team. "His pathetic defence of staff secretary Rob Porter reveals his true nature - an enabler of sexual abusers, a betrayer of trust and an avoider of responsibility". Trump pointed to Porter's denials in defending his former aide at the White House on Friday.

Trump also told reporters on Friday that Porter's departure was "very sad" and that "he did a very good job while he was in the White House", but he did not express sympathy for the women Porter allegedly abused, instead focusing on Porter's claim of innocence.

The week also cast a harsh spotlight on Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, who was dating the staff secretary. "We hope that he will have a wonderful career". "But we absolutely wish him well".

Porter had a close working relationship with both Kelly and McGahn.

Spokesman Raj Shah said the White House learned Thursday night about the allegations before being contacted by the media. "We trust the background check process".

"It's alarming Rob Porter remained in an influential role", said Democratic Representative Ann McLane Kuster, "even as revelations about his domestic abuse were apparently known among senior Trump staffers". And they came amid rampant White House finger-pointing about who knew what, and when, about the severity of the spousal abuse allegations.

Trump made no mention of the women or the abuse allegations when he spoke about Porter at the White House on Friday. She wrote in a blog post that she was "embarrassed to tell anyone because I thought that this wasn't something that happened to women like me; it didn't happen in my social circles". "Gen. Kelly had to be aware of that, given his nature as head of Southern Command during the rise of concern about sexual abuse and abuse in the military".

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