Trump doubles down defense of aides who quit over domestic violence claims

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly watches as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office at the White House on Feb. 2. MUST CREDIT Washington Post

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly watches as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office at the White House on Feb. 2. MUST CREDIT Washington Post

Sorensen resignation from his post comes just a few days after staff secretary Rob Porter stepped down amid abuse allegations made against him by his two ex-wives. Photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye surfaced publicly, which eventually led to the White House expressing concern about the allegations.

Months before Willoughby spoke to reporters and identified Porter by name, she published a blog post explaining the fear and anxiety she felt about leaving her marriage and going public about the abuse she said she had suffered at the hands of a powerful man who was well-liked and well-respected.

Trump's message also appeared to be a response to the larger national reckoning with sexual harassment and abuse of power, which has seen victims, mostly women, come forward to accuse dozens of prominent men in business, politics, entertainment and other realms.

President Donald Trump decried lives "being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation" at the end of a week that saw the departure of two White House aides after accusations of domestic violence.

"He did a very good job when he was in the White House", Trump said.

"And then they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him. And I think you have to remember that, he said very strongly yesterday he's innocent".

White House counsel Don McGahn was also informed of the allegations against Porter past year but did not investigate them.

"He did a very good job when he was in the White House". Both men have been accused of physical and emotional abuse by their ex-wives.

Corbett told the Post in response to Sorensen's allegations that her violence didn't not go beyond slapping him, adding that several of the incidents involved alcohol and that she slapped him multiple times after he called her a vulgar term.

While she defended President Trump's record on women on MSNBC this morning, Kayleigh McEnany also invoked Matt Lauer to defend the President's remarks on Rob Porter.

Meanwhile, a number of Democrats denounced Trump's comments about Porter and his lack of empathy for the women who alleged abuse. Pence condemned domestic violence on Friday in an interview with "NBC Nightly News", and said he was "appalled" by the allegations against Porter.

"Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Friday.

Despite Trump's endorsement, Moore lost the special election to fill the Senate seat to Democratic candidate Doug Jones. That has added to Trump's frustrations about the chief of staff's attempts to control him and Kelly's recent inflammatory comments about immigrants, according to two people who speak to the president regularly.

Trump pushed for the death penalty in the Central Park Five case, telling Larry King in 1989, "maybe hate is what we need if we're gonna get something done".

Sorensen is the second White House aide to resign this week amid domestic abuse allegations.

Corbett called it "scary" that someone like her ex-husband had access to the White House after describing the reports to the Federal Bureau of Investigation last fall.

Until hours before the Harvard graduate left his post, the White House was praising him as an upstanding and integral member of staff.

At a senior staff meeting on Friday, Kelly tried to push his own timeline concerning Porter.

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