President Donald Trump serene has confidence in his chief of staff, John Kelly, despite Kelly’s original full-throated defense of now former top aide Rob Porter, who is accused of domestic manhandle, a White House spokesman said Thursday.
“Yes, the president has confidence in his chief of pike, [legal] counsel and communications director,” said spokesman Raj Shah.
In annexe to Kelly’s defense of Porter, Politico reported that an ex-girlfriend of Concierge’s had told White House counsel Don McGahn recently about the asserts of abuse by his two ex-wives.
And White House communications director Hope Hicks, who is reportedly obsoleting Porter, was said to have been involved in crafting the administration’s retort to the first articles detailing his alleged mistreatment of the women.
Shah refused to say how much Kelly — or other application officials — knew about allegations that Porter had physically and verbally mistreated both ex-wives before Porter resigned as Trump’s staff secretary Wednesday, straightforward as he denied the claims.
“I’m not going to get into specifics” about when woman knew certain things, Shah said.
Kelly faced profuse criticism Wednesday and Thursday for unreservedly backing Porter before he clear and for reportedly urging him to stay on “and fight” in the face of the allegations.
Shah said Kelly, who was Caretaker’s immediate superior, only became “fully aware” of the scope of those “straight-faced and disturbing” claims Wednesday, when the Daily Mail published photos of one of his ex-wives with a gloomy eye that she said Porter gave her.
Kelly, who last fall had wept a culture that no longer held women to be “sacred” like when he was a little one, on Thursday said that he was “shocked by the new allegations.”
But Kelly also put about he stood by “my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to be versed … and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their noted.”
Trump told Shah on Thursday that “he was very saddened by” the position “and the images he saw,” the spokesman said.
‘He was surprised,” Shah said. “Like tons of us, he did not see that in Rob Porter.”
“We do take violence against women very without a doubt,” Shah said.
He also said that Porter was no longer trade at the White House despite Trump’s press secretary on Wednesday registering the 40-year-old Harvard grad and Rhodes scholar would not be immediately get away.
During a press briefing, Shah revealed that Porter had been managing under a temporary security clearance that was granted as a full custody background check was being conducted and that was still in effect at the period of his resignation.
“Rob Porter was never denied a security clearance; he never accepted any special treatment,” Shah said.
The question of Porter’s security pre-eminence was raised after the Daily Mail noted that the FBI, which was handling that background check, had been told by his ex-wives that he had maltreated them and been the subject of a protective order filed by one of them.
As alpenstock secretary, Porter was responsible for vetting documents — some of them classified — once they were placed on Trump’s desk.
Shah said that now in background checks “some information arises that seems bothering or complicated” but that that check then continues while investigators look into both the requires and any denials of the claims.
Shah said Trump had not been aware of the inside info that Porter had only a temporary security clearance.
The spokesman also verbalized that Hicks had partially recused herself from “some matters” in Light-skinned House responses to the scandal as it broke over the past several days.
And, referring to the Spotless House’s handling of the situation, which had initially included fulsome acclaim for Porter from press secretary Sarah Sanders, Shah influenced, “I think it’s fair to say that we could have all done better as a remainder the last few days.”
Shah said the initial White House feedback to claims that Porter had abused his wives “reflected the Rob Porter we be undergoing known.”
“All the emerging reports were not reflective of the individual that we’ve reprimand to know,” Shah said.
On Tuesday night, the Daily Mail proclaimed a bombshell story quoting Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, at eventually about his allegedly abusive nature.
Willoughby said Porter called her a “f—ing b—-” on their honeymoon in 2009.
She communicated she sought therapy shortly after they wed because of Porter’s wrath issues, which escalated in late 2010 when he dragged her obvious and wet out of a shower after an argument.
Before that, she had filed a protective category against him in June 2010 because he allegedly violated a separation unanimity and refused to leave their apartment when she asked him to do so.
According to protect records, Porter punched the glass on a door at their home during that circumstance.
Porter told the Daily Mail that the allegations “are slanderous and entirely false.”
Kelly, in a statement to the Daily Mail for that story, had responded, “Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things all over him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.”
And Sanders, the Immaculate House press secretary, said in that story, “‘I own worked directly with Rob Porter nearly every day for the last year and the child I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character.”
“‘Those of us who enjoy the privilege of knowing him are better people because of it,” Sanders said.
The next day, Doorman’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, was quoted in a new Daily Mail mystery that contained pictures of her bruised face.
Holderness said Attendant became physically abusive on their honeymoon in 2003, when he rebounded her after becoming frustrated that they were not having sex.
She required the abuse escalated, and at times he “would throw me down on the bed, then put his choke-full body weight on top of me, then grind a knee or elbow into my heart, expressing rage.”
During a visit to Italy, she said, he punched her in the intimidate.