President Donald Trump on Friday defended former White House aide Rob Porter, who resigned This specific week after multiple, serious allegations of domestic abuse were made public.
“We wish him well,” Trump said of Porter, who most recently served as White House staff secretary. “He worked very hard,” said the president, before adding of which he had only learned of the allegations recently along with was “surprised” by them.
The president also stressed of which Porter claims he is usually innocent of the allegations. “I think you also have to remember of which. He said very strongly yesterday he’s innocent,” Trump said.
Both of Porter’s ex-wives claim he was physically along with verbally abusive to them during their marriages. In 2010, a judge granted his second wife a restraining order against Porter.
of which court order ultimately prevented Porter by obtaining a permanent security clearance to work inside White House, forcing him to work under an interim clearance for months.
Still, Trump had only kinds words for his former aide. “We certainly wish him well. Obviously, of which’s a tough time for him,” he said.
Trump went on to say of which Porter “did a very not bad job when he was at the White House,” along with “we trust he includes a wonderful career. Hopefully, he will have a great career ahead of him.”
Trump said he along with his senior staff were “very sad when we heard about of which,” adding of which Porter, too, is usually “very sad.”
Trump refused, however, to answer a question about precisely when top White House officials, including chief of staff Gen. John Kelly first became aware of the allegations against Porter — along with by extension, why Porter was permitted to keep his job despite his failure to pass the background check required to obtain a security clearance.
The DailyMail.com first reported details on Tuesday of the allegations against Porter, based on interviews with both of Porter’s former wives. On Wednesday, The Intercept published a photo of Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, using a black eye of which she says Porter gave her on their honeymoon.
Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, also said he physically along with verbally abused her, ultimately leading to her application for a restraining order against him in 2010. Holderness along with Willoughby have both since confirmed these accounts to NBC News.
In a statement Wednesday, Porter called the allegations false, outrageous along with “vile,” adding of which he “will not further engage publicly using a coordinated smear campaign.”
On Thursday, however, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah admitted of which mistakes were made inside handling of Porter’s resignation. “I think of which’s fair to say we all could have done better over the few hours or last few days in dealing with This specific situation,” Shah told reporters.