Trump Insists Hicks Is 'Fantastic' Amid Porter Response Debacle

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It's not because she's "family" and it would hurt him too much to do it - although, for a guy who's internationally famous for saying "you're fired", he sure is reluctant to fire people, isn't he?

Porter resigned from his White House post last Wednesday after abuse allegations from his two ex-wives surfaced.

"In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her", Sorensen said, adding that he was "considering legal options to address her defamation".

The actress on Friday fueled allegations that President Trump is having an affair, suggesting his lover is White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. The chief of staff said Friday that the decision was made before photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye were published. Sorensen said he is innocent but was leaving to avoid bringing controversy on the White House. Today, Trump spoke on the matter-which ballooned into a political scandal in the past few days-for the first time and exposed some deeply sexist and hypocritical sentiments.

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"What that clearly says to me is that the president is one of those people who either automatically disbelieves women and believes men, or arguably even worse, believes the woman who makes the allegations but thinks that should not be a barrier to her abuser's success", said Martin. Kelly, meanwhile, was Porter's loudest defender, including in the first hours after the graphic photos of alleged abuse emerged.

"We hope he has a wonderful career and he will have a great career ahead of him", the President continued. Added Trump: "We certainly wish him well".

Trump said he was not aware of the claims before this week's news reports.

The officials emphasized they did not consider a resignation imminent, and that Kelly - who early in his tenure often used a threat of quitting as a way to temper President Donald Trump's behavior - had made no formal offer. Sources for CNN said in a Wednesday report that Kelly knew about the allegations since last fall because Holderness and Porter's second wife Jennifer Willoughby told their claims to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which tied up Porter's application for a security clearance.

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President Trump, as has been very clearly noted over the past day, didn't say a word about the women speaking out against Porter, and according to one report, has questioned their credibility in private.

If the report is true, this would contradict Kelly's and the White House's public statements on how Porter left his job.

Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House only learned late on Thursday about allegations against Sorensen, the speech-writer. Porter's history with women had been known to Kelly for months, a source familiar with the matter said.

Hicks, a former model, has been dating Porter and came to his defense after the allegations arose.

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West Wing staffers continue to wonder why Kelly would keep the Porter allegations from the president, and why he defended Porter so aggressively when presented with allegations by the Mail. Trump's staff secretary called the allegations from his former spouses "outrageous" and "simply false". "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "Is there any other crime where there could be the explanation the reason why we should not pay attention to the transgression is because they're good at something?"

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