Trump has 'full confidence' in Kelly

Trump has 'full confidence' in Kelly

Trump and "many" White House staffers were irritated by Kelly's support for Porter's character and for falsely insisting he that he aggressively sought to have him fired once the abuse allegations surfaced, according to The New York Times. Porter resigned after his ex-wives alleged physical and emotional abuse by him, noted. "Who did not face multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, for the latest Trump White House scandal", she added.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that President Trump has "full confidence" in both Chief of Staff John Kelly and Communications Director Hope Hicks. Trump reminded the gathered press that Porter maintains his innocence and is "very sad now", and shared his prediction that Porter has a "great career ahead of him". "Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled", Trump said of a series of legal settlements agreed to by O'Reilly over the years.

The president's comments set off a firestorm at a time of national conversation about the mistreatment of women and they came amid rampant White House finger-pointing about who knew what, and when, about the severity of the spousal abuse allegations.

Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also said Sunday on CNN that the president should keep Kelly in the position.

Short described Trump as "saddened", "disturbed", and "disappointed" by the Porter situation, and he said that the president believes Porter's resignation was the right move. He said strongly yesterday that he is innocent, but you will have to talk to him about that'. Then he issued a second statement speaking out against domestic abuse in general without specifically condemning Porter himself.

Willoughby said Porter told her last fall that his security clearance was being delayed and asked if she had used the word "violent" to describe him to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more".

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The allegations of domestic abuse against Porter first came to light last Tuesday.

"He is an excellent boss to work for, an excellent boss for women, for working mothers, frankly", Conway continued. Shortly after that, McGahn informed chief of staff John Kelly that there could be problems related to Porter's security clearance.

CNN reported on Saturday that Mulvaney is a leading contender to eventually replace Kelly.

Other White House officials have said it was the release of the photos Wednesday morning that sealed Porter's fate.

Months before Willoughby spoke to reporters and identified Porter by name, she published a blog post explaining the fear and anxiety she felt about leaving her marriage and going public about the abuse she said she had suffered at the hands of a powerful man who was well-liked and well-respected.

I cite these encomia not to point fingers at White House officials for condoning Porter's private behavior. Also included on the list was the departure of Jim Carroll, a lawyer in the counsel's office who had only recently been designated to be Kelly's deputy, but will now become acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.