Veep Mike Pence Insists White House "Has No Tolerance" For Domestic Abuse

EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ  AFP

EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ AFP

The president made no mention Friday of the women who have accused Rob Porter, Trump's staff secretary until he resigned this week, of domestic abuse.

The White House learned about the allegations against Sorensen on Thursday night, according to Raj Shah.

Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary, resigned on Wednesday after news outlets published his ex-wives' allegations.

Sorensen, a former adviser to Maine Governor Paul LePage, joined the Trump administration previous year.

Mr Sorensen's former wife claimed that he was physically and emotionally abusive during their marriage, according to a report in the Washington Post.

"In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her", he said in a statement to the Post. The FBI refused to grant him a full security clearance as a result-so why was he given such an important and top-level job in government? Both women said they had told FBI investigators about the alleged abuse as part of the security clearance process that Porter was still undergoing.

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The Porter matter has intensified scrutiny of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a former army general brought in to bring order to an administration that had been seen as chaotic under previous chief, Reince Priebus. "He said very strongly yesterday that he is innocent".

"A lot of us could have done better", Mr Shah told reporters in a rare show of contrition from the Trump White House. "I can't speak to what he may have or may not have known about this bad situation - and absolutely, domestic violence is abhorrent - but I'm going to make sure this never happens again"?

The Washington Post was the first to report Sorensen's departure. "The time that he resigned was when I first became aware of the allegations of domestic abuse". She provided text messages and emails that she said proved the alleged abuse - including a picture of a scar on her hand she said resulted from the cigarette burn. Again, Pence highlighted the generosity of the President for allowing him to represent America on the global stage, and reiterated that staffing issues would be dealt with when he returned to the White House.

"He did a very good job when he was in the White House", said Trump - who's himself accused of sexually assaulting or harassing at least 19 women. But he also said he said he stood by his "previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation". Trump himself faces multiple accusations of various frightful actions against women, and it never stopped him from getting anywhere, including the White House. "And it could've been a 'he said, she said.' It may not have been a clear case".

It wasn't until the uproar over the allegations grew and more details surfaced that Porter resigned and Kelly put out a second statement expressing concern about the allegations.

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