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Chief of workers Kelly getting scrutiny after senior aide's resignation

Chief of workers Kelly getting scrutiny after senior aide's resignation Chief of workers Kelly getting scrutiny after senior aide's resignation
Patty Aguilar | 12 February, 2018, 01:43

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that the administration doesn't tolerate domestic violence "at all", amid ongoing questions about whether Staff Secretary Rob Porter was allowed to keep his job amid such allegations and dismissed rumors that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly could be fired over his handling of the matter.

'He wanted me to reemphasize to everyone. that he has full confidence in current chief of staff General John Kelly and that he's not actively searching for replacements, ' Conway said. "But John Kelly has not offered his resignation". "He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well".

It's not clear whether Kelly was aware of the specifics of what Porter's ex-spouses reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding his alleged patterns of abuse. And you look at all of that pulled together, you realize that Rob Porter did the right thing by resigning.

It isn't just Trump officials who have come to Kelly's defense, however.

"Trump has seen her loyalty on the campaign and during the turbulent beginning of this administration, and he relies on her", said Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, a close friend of the president's.

The network also reported that Trump believed Hicks' romantic relationship with Porter clouded her judgment as the White House initially stood by the staff secretary, until pictures of his ex-wife with a black eye came out.

"For the president and the chief of staff to give that person the benefit of the doubt is probably a very normal and human reaction", he said.

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Porter's first wife claims she was choked and punched by Porter with the abuse starting shortly after their 2003 wedding. The speechwriter, David Sorensen , denies that he physically abused his ex-wife and says she physically abused him.

More than a dozen women have accused of Trump of groping and other misdeeds. during the 2016 election campaign, a tape emerged of him bragging about grabbing women by the genitals.

Meanwhile, Deputy staff secretary Derek Lyons has been promoted to acting staff secretary as a replacement for Porter.

The claims were revealed on Tuesday amid questions that the White House was aware of the accusations for months because Porter was unable to get a security clearance after an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check uncovered a restraining order against him.

Earlier this week, Trump wished Porter well, and reminded reports that Porter "says he's innocent". Porter was only able to secure an interim security clearance while the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to investigate his ex-wives' claims.

On a blog post titled "Why I Stayed", Willoughby wrote, "The first time he called me a "f***ing bitch" was on our honeymoon".

For many staffers, Kelly had brought a much-needed sense of order to a White House that had been riven with rivalries and was frequently upended by the whims of a mercurial president. Then in November, Porter informed Chief of Staff John Kelly that his ex-wives had made accusations.

Kelly's claim Tuesday that some immigrants are "too lazy to get off their asses" and register for government protections stunned some aides who questioned the chief of staff's political instincts and were dismayed by his language.

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