Trump 'shows great compassion' for women, Kellyanne Conway says

Trump 'shows great compassion' for women, Kellyanne Conway says

Last Wednesday, Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary, resigned after allegations surfaced that he had physically abused both of his ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend.

Kelly initially stood up for Rob Porter, regarded as one of the most skilled insider operators in the White House, calling him "a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional", but after a photo was published showing one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye, he told senior staffers on Friday that he had removed Porter when he learned that the allegations were credible. He has also beaten back his own accusations of misconduct with women, which suggests Kelly's efforts to defend Porter probably weren't a dealbreaker for Trump personally. Shah also repeatedly declined to get into specifics about how much the White House knew a year ago about the allegations against Porter.

"That dynamic leaves many simply unwilling to consider the possibility that he has engaged in acts of violence, and when people aren't willing to imagine that, the easiest thing to do is disbelieve the woman making these allegations", Martin said. They said they wanted to know if Porter was ever denied a security clearance and if he handled classified information with an interim security clearance.

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A second White House official has resigned following allegations of domestic violence. The president's classic response to the allegations was to ask, how does anyone know the bruises weren't there before?

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE after Trump defended a former aide who was accused of domestic violence.

The president's loyalty to Moore, Sorensen and Porter - all of whom deny the allegations against them and have not been charged - may run counter to fast-moving social changes in the United States and beyond, but he is not the only figure to have expressed qualms about the role of due process when women make rape or domestic violence allegations. You think that maybe someone would have mentioned it to me.

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Until hours before the Harvard graduate left his post, the White House was praising him as an upstanding and integral member of staff. In Kelly's and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' initial statements, they went far beyond saying these were mere allegations and that there needed to be an investigation.

"(T) he West Wing continues to function.

Sorensen has denied the allegations. Reuters has not independently confirmed the allegations against Porter, or against Trump.

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"The perception of Kelly as above politics has been critical to his success in the West Wing". And they tried to clarify the reaction from Trump, who has yet to offer a sympathetic word to the women who said they had been abused. "He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well".

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