Sunday, 17 November, 2019

Kelly on Porter Abuse Allegations: 'We Didn't Cover Ourselves in Glory'

Kelly on Porter Abuse Allegations: 'We Didn't Cover Ourselves in Glory' Kelly on Porter Abuse Allegations: 'We Didn't Cover Ourselves in Glory'
Patty Aguilar | 02 March, 2018, 21:40

"I wish I had worked harder in the six months I had the job to ... not only protect the men and women that get beat up so badly every day but to really advertise in a much more effective way how good you are", Kelly said.

The pair's relationship remains on the rocks, with Kelly jokingly saying on Thursday that God punished him when President Donald Trump moved him from the Department of Homeland Security to the White House chief of staff job.

About two hours later, Kelly said he was made aware of a second press inquiry regarding allegations of verbal and physical abuse by another of Porter's ex-wives.

White House chief of staff John Kelly on Friday echoed previous Trump administration comments by admitting that the White House could have better handled the allegations of domestic abuse against former aide Rob Porter.

- David Martosko (@dmartosko) March 2, 2018John Kelly is defending his inaction on Rob Porter by claiming that the first accusation brought to the White House was of only "emotional abuse". The FBI later said it had told the White House months ago about the allegations, increasing scrutiny over why Kelly hadn't acted sooner.

Kelly said he first heard "a serious accusation" about Porter early on February 6, and that it involved "some level of emotional abuse", not a physical attack.

"I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over", Kelly said.

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There has been speculation at times since Kelly's taken on the role that he would be fired or replaced, but told CNN during the event that things at the White House were "pretty good".

"Let's see what he says about that", Mr Scaramucci said.

And White House Communications Director Hope Hicks announced Wednesday that she would soon resign from that position, one day after an interview with the House Intelligence Committee.

"The man we all knew, it was an absolute shock", Kelly said. It was the same firm at the center of a CNN fake news scandal in which the left-leaning network falsely claimed Scaramucci had suspicious links with Russians.

The Porter saga sent the White House into a tailspin from which it is still struggling to recover.

"The guy is a bad dude", Mr Scaramucci said of Mr Kelly. He tried to cover up the information.

Trump named Kelly as his chief of staff in July 2017 after his predecessor, Reince Priebus, resigned from the post.

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