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Trump Defends Rob Porter
Implies Two Ex-Wives & Other Women Are Lying
"But we certainly wish him well. It’s a — obviously, tough time for him".
By Ray Cunneff
February 9, 2018
The White House is backing Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who has been accused of verbally and physically abusing both of his ex-wives, one of whom provided photos of a black eye that he gave her.
Although part of the White House staff for over a year, Porter was not able to obtain a full security clearance, and his sudden departure from the White House is seen as a damaging blow to the Republican Party since he was deemed an “indispensable” strategist with a broad range of responsibilities including access to classified materials.
Some White House staffers are reportedly appalled that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called Porter a “man of true integrity and honor”, then walked back his endorsement once the photos emerged. It seems increasingly clear that the Trump administration was aware of the allegations against Porter and chose to take no action.
Trump wishes wife beater Rob Porter well and makes it clear that
he thinks that the women are lying and Porter is innocent
of serial acts of domestic violence. #robporter
10:28 AM - 9 Feb 2018
At a press conference earlier today, President Trump said that he wished Rob Porter well, that he was a diligent worker, and was sad to see him go.
Trump said, "He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him, but it was very sad when we heard about it and certainly he’s also very sad. Now he also, as you probably know, he says he’s innocent. And I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent."
Instead of making any sort of statement about domestic violence or extending sympathy to the ex-wives, Trump extended it to Porter, saying that he was going through a “tough time.”
Tough time for HIM?
10:30 AM - 9 Feb 2018
Replying to @PoliticusSarah
But then, #considerthesource
10:47 AM - 9 Feb 2018
12:01 PM - 9 Feb 2018
I really hope Mueller and Schneiderman put him away. He is vile.
11:47 AM - 9 Feb 2018
John Kelly walks on the White House lawn with Rob Porter in November 2017.
Trump refused to answer questions about precisely when top White House officials, including Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, first became aware of the allegations against Porter — and by extension, why Porter was permitted to keep his job despite his failure to pass the background check required to obtain a security clearance. Calls for Kelly's resignation have grown louder throughout the day on Friday.