Trump's White House stands firm against winds of change

Ebony Scott
February 12, 2018

This isn't the first time General Kelly has been rumored to be on his way out of the White House, but President Trump and the administration have consistently come out in support of the chief of staff.

USA president Donald Trump thrust himself into the national debate over sexual misconduct, on Saturday, asserting that "a mere allegation" could destroy the lives of those accused, as his own White House was engulfed by charges of abusive behavior.

The president's loyalty to Moore, Sorensen and Porter - all of whom deny the allegations against them and have not been charged - may run counter to fast-moving social changes in the U.S. and beyond, but he is not the only figure to have expressed qualms about the role of due process when women make rape or domestic violence allegations.

Pirro said anyone trying to blame Kelly due to their hatred of Trump needs to "find another scapegoat".

The latest imbroglios involving White House personnel are taking place during a turbulent cultural conversation about sexual harassment, with powerful people being laid low by allegations that sometimes stretch back decades. On Friday, The Hill added, Trump praised Porter, emphasizing that the former staffer denies the accusations.

The senators also question whether Porter, who served as Trump's staff secretary, disclosed the allegations on his applications for a security clearance or White House employment. The president said he had only "recently" learned of the allegations against his former aide and was surprised.

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Many White House senior staff members remained stunned by the accusations against Porter, a well-liked and seemingly mild-mannered graduate of Harvard and Oxford. Porter has denied those allegations, calling them "outrageous allegations are simply false". The US president's remarks bore a likeness to his defence of sex scandal-hit Senate candidate Roy Moore in 2017.

Trump's tweet also struck a nerve with people who noted that assault survivors have their lives "shattered", too.

Shah refused to confirm in detail when and how Kelly in particular became aware of the claims, or Hicks's role in shaping the White House response. Conway stressed that Porter "is no longer the staff secretary".

Those efforts appear to have succeeded for months, at least in part because of the willingness of a virtually all-male staff in the top echelons of the West Wing to believe a talented male colleague over women they had never met. Among the names being considered: Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Mark Meadows and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The infighting unfolded amid signs of a brewing shake-up in the West Wing. "He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well". In a written statement sent through the White House press office on Wednesday, Porter said he took those photos, but that "the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", he said.

The US administration's reluctance to give credence to the alleged victims of gender violence puts it at odds with the tenets of the #metoo movement now sweeping through Western societies.

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