Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Trump's White House stands firm against winds of change

Trump's White House stands firm against winds of change

He also dismissed accounts that Kelly had offered his resignation.

She then brought on former Trump aide and current Fox News talking head Seb Gorka to discuss the matter, with Gorka claiming that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have deliberately gummed up the works in giving Porter a security clearance so that this scandal would hit the White House and harm Trump.

In December, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefed reporters on Trump's views after three of his accusers called on Congress to investigate his past behaviour.

White House staff probably could have tried to sell the version of events Kelly told them to - it hinges upon how you define "credible", after all, and is only refuted by anonymously sourced reporting at this point - but the staff are apparently unwilling to go to bat for him and put their own necks on the chopping block.

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.

On Friday evening, the White House announced new posts for 31 officials, including elevating to acting staff secretary Derek Lyons, another Harvard Law School-educated lawyer, who formerly worked on Capitol Hill and had been Porter's No. 2.

In an interview with CNN, Porter's ex-wife Jennifer Willoughby detailed allegations of abuse, saying that during her marriage she lived under a "low-grade constant terror of not knowing what I might do to set something off".

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According to The Washington Post, a second official - David Sorensen, of Trump's speechwriting team - resigned on Friday, February 9.

Some complained that Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, who learned in January 2017 that Porter was concerned about potentially damaging accusations from two ex-wives, had not been forthcoming enough about what he knew.

In the case of Sorensen, his former wife, Jessica Corbett, told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents conducting a background check on her husband that he had run over her foot while driving a auto and extinguished a cigarette on her hand during a turbulent 2 1/2-year marriage.

Mulvaney said Porter "wasn't entirely forthcoming" with Kelly when the allegations were brought forward. President Trump - or "Teflon Don" as some refer to him - has an almost-reflexive tendency to disregard when the media suggests things in the White House have gone to far.

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. "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent", Trump said. Among them was Roy Moore, the former Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, who is accused of molesting teenage girls. Most West Wing offices remained dark.

"In talking with the President, I think he's saddened about what happened with Rob", Short told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. He defended him and attacked the women who made the allegations, He said they were complaining and saying awful things about someone who had helped them.

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