Hope Hicks: Trump's confidante finds herself center stage in scandal

Second White House official resigns amid abuse allegations

Second White House official resigns amid abuse allegations

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also said Sunday on CNN that the president should keep Kelly in the position.

In the wake of the scandal, reports had surfaced over the weekend that Kelly had offered to resign, but the White House chose to keep him on.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short made similar arguments on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, after host Chuck Todd showed a highlights reel of Trump suggesting numerous allegations of sexual abuse and physical assault by powerful men against women were false.

In his account of the Trump White House, the author Michael Wolff described Hicks' role as the "single most important job in this White House: interpreting the media for him [Trump] in the most positive way it could be interpreted, and buffering him from the media that could not be positively spun". In that time, Porter's stock in the White House continued to rise. Others faulted Hope Hicks, the communications director, who had been romantically involved with Porter, for soliciting statements of support for him when the accusations became public. No action was taken to remove him from the staff. His ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, has accused Sorensen of physical and emotional abuse in their two-and-a-half-year marriage.

What the president is trying to say is that there were very fine people on both sides of that vase that went into Rob Porter's ex-wife's face.

"That's like saying that axe murderer out there, he's a great painter", said former Vice President Joe Biden. "But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he's also very sad now".

"Well we wish him well", Trump said to reporters.

"I think when the White House said they could have handled the situation better, that's a bit of an understatement, yes", Flake said.

On Friday, a second White House staffer, speechwriter David Sorensen, resigned as a result of abuse allegations. The spokesman said officials confronted Sorenson on Thursday night when they learned of the accusations and that he had denied them. "If Kellyanne Conway had come to the president and said something, we'd be more inclined to believe that person than the person that we don't know".

Sorensen provided photos to the Washington Post that showed injuries he said she inflicted upon him during their fights, including bruises and scrapes.

Porter resigned last week amid multiple allegations of domestic abuse by two ex-wives, although he refuted what he called the "outrageous allegations" that are "simply false".

Here's a look at what the president has said about various misconduct allegations.

His abrupt departure raised questions about how long it took Trump's team to act on the accusations.

In November, the White House heard back from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We had not received a final investigation.

Wallace pointed out that by saying that, Mulvaney made it sound like those discontent with Kelly worked in the West Wing. Kelly explained how Trump may have repeated something Kelly had told him about his own experience and it inadvertently came out sounding different than intended.

Conway said it was a "blessing" to be at the White House and anyone who didn't feel that way shouldn't be there. Hicks has become one of Trump's closest confidants, and while the president has groused about her involvement in the Porter flareup, he had not suggested ousting her, according to the two people familiar with his private discussions. Kelly was aware of this order, one senior member of the administration told Politico.

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