John Kelly indicates he is willing to step down

Doug Mendoza
February 15, 2018

The president seemed to defend the men on Twitter.

Trump said he was not aware of the claims before this week's news reports. White House officials have said Porter had received an interim clearance as his background check dragged on for months. "My friend turned to me and said, 'The President of the United States just called you a liar'".

The president has fumed that Kelly was too slow in bringing the allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter to his attention. Critics have accused him of badly mishandling the situation and possibly even exposing one of the ousted aides to the risk of blackmail.

Asked about Mr Trump's tweet on Saturday that lives were being "shattered and destroyed" by allegations that are sometimes false, Ms Conway told CNN that there was "no reason not to believe the women". In public remarks, however, Trump has spoken warmly about Porter, and has made no mention of his alleged victims.

"The President has shown through words and actions that he doesn't value women". Multiple women came forward in 2017 to accuse Moore of sexual harassment or assault, with several women saying he pursued them when they were in their teens when he was in his 30s and 40s.

The episode has distracted aides from a number of policy issues on the president's agenda, like a new infrastructure plan and the immigration debate, according to senior officials.

Porter said in a statement at about 1:42 p.m. Wednesday afternoon that he would resign but remain at the White House to "ensure a smooth transition".

Over the weekend, Trump reportedly said in private that he is "fucking pissed" about the domestic violence allegations against staffer Rob Porter, especially after first daughter Ivanka Trump apparently hand-delivered a photograph of Porter's first ex-wife with a black eye.

Some media say Mulvaney is one of the candidates to replace Kelly.

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Porter has claimed that the allegations are "flatly false", but his ex-wives have both continually claimed that he abused them both emotionally and physically.

"The president tells me he learned when the rest of us did", she said, "the pictures, the police reports, the information provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

According to an extensive report published by The Intercept, Porter had beaten his ex-wives, demonstrating a recurring pattern of behavior that did not prevent the Federal Bureau of Investigation from granting him security clearance when he joined the White House, where he became "a powerful figure" and a wall for leaks, according to the analysis of Politico.

Short, meanwhile, acknowledged on NBC's "Meet the Press" that there may have been a "lack of communication between different elements in the White House".

"He's up to his neck in it", Maloney said of Kelly, "and he chose not to deal with it".

"He's up to his neck in it", Maloney said, noting the Federal Bureau of Investigation rigorously vets applicants for security clearances.

"You can not have someone seeing our nation's secret who has a secret of their own", Maloney said.

Mick Mulvaney, who heads the Office of Management and Budget, spoke to Fox News and described speculation about Kelly's position as much ado about nothing.

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