Trump Insists Hicks Is 'Fantastic' Amid Porter Response Debacle

From left White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Friday Aug. 4 2017. President Donald Trump is

From left White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Friday Aug. 4 2017. President Donald Trump is

Former Vice President Joe Biden lashed out at President Donald Trump Friday for sending good wishes to ex-White House aide Rob Porter, who resigned amid allegations that he abused two of his ex-wives, ABC News reported in a tweet.

The White House's response to the allegations leveled against Porter sent the White House scrambling. Porter warned White House counsel Don McGahn in January 2017 that there could be a holdup with his security clearance, CBS News has reported.

The White House initially offered a staunch defense of Porter when the allegations emerged against him on Tuesday night.

Prior to joining the Trump administration, Mr Sorensen was a senior adviser to the ME governor, Paul LePage.

Sorensen's departure follows former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's resignation on Wednesday after two ex-wives accused Porter of abuse during their marriages.

Spokesperson Raj Shah said in an official statement that the White House knew about the allegations before long the Washington Post reached out about them.

Priebus adds President Trump has never complained about General Kelly, and praised him for the job he's doing as chief of staff. But Porter, a Harvard Law School graduate, had not yet received that clearance because the required background check was still ongoing. The FBI declined requests for comment.

In an interview with CNN, Porter's ex-wife Jennifer Willoughby detailed allegations of abuse, saying that during her marriage she lived under a "low-grade constant terror of not knowing what I might do to set something off".

And on Friday, White House speechwriter David Sorensen quit after his ex-wife went public with allegations that included, among other things, that he once ran over her foot with a auto and stubbed out a cigarette on her hand.

Sorensen, a well-known GOP operative in ME, worked as a senior adviser to Gov. Paul LePage, according to a May 2017 article in The Portland Press Herald.

Porter has denied the allegations and blamed a "smear campaign" against him.

Corbett said several of the incidents involved alcohol and acknowledged that she slapped Sorensen a number of times after he called her a vulgar term.

The communications director has also gotten some attention for her looks, which Ruddy said sometimes causes people to underestimate her.

He also stated that he resigned because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction". "He wants to see us move from a process now existing in law, of extended family chain migration, towards merit-based legal immigration reform", Shah said.

"She told me she was a little nervous about what to tell them", he said. But she kept dating him, and told others she was not aware of the allegations' extent. Corbett told the Post that she informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation of his behavior. "You have to listen to him, also".

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