Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned after he was accused of abusing his ex-wives. Although Porter denies the reports and maintains his innocence.
On Friday, President Donald Trump said that Porter was a great employee and that he hopes he has a “great career ahead of him.”
“Well, we wish him well. He worked very hard,” Trump continued, “I found out about it very recently and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well, obviously a tough time for him.”
“He did a very good job when he was in the White House and we hope he has a wonderful, hopefully, he has a great career ahead of him,” he added, “But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he’s also very sad now.”
“He says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent. So you’ll have to talk to him about that. But we absolutely wish him well,” Trump said.
Porter’s two ex-wives accused him of abusing them during their marriages in media accounts this week. One of the accounts included photos purportedly showing the abuse, with Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, telling reporters that she made Porter take those photographs in “contrition.”
Trump made no mention of the women specifically and offered no general condemnation of domestic violence.
The White House initially defended Porter amid calls for his resignation, with the administration releasing statements praising Porter and his work.But officials hardened their tone after Porter resigned on Wednesday — the White House released a subsequent statement from chief of staff John Kelly saying that “there is no place for domestic violence in our society,” but that he stood by his “previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming chief of staff.”
At this point we still don’t have any solid evidence either way as to whether the allegations are true or not.
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