White House Refutes Report Kelly Offered to Resign

Reince Priebus

The vice president's comments come as chief of staff John Kelly and other top White House officials are facing questions about why they did not act to remove Porter from his position after they found out about the allegations of domestic abuse.

Carroll, a White House lawyer who quietly became one of chief of staff John Kelly's deputies late past year, is expected to be tapped to become the administration's drug czar as early as Friday, two sources with knowledge of the decision told CNN.

"As you probably know, he says he is innocent", the president said, noting that people have to remember that.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

President Trump said he was surprised by allegations of domestic violence against a top aide who resigned this week. It's obviously a tough time for him, ' Trump said.

On Thursday, deputy press secretary Raj Shah issued a rare admission that the White House could have handled the Porter fiasco better.

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".

"We'll leave those White House staffing matters for when we get back to Washington", he told reporters at the time.

Porter had a temporary security clearance at the White House during his year's work.

"I can tell you that Rob has been effective in his role as staff secretary, and the president and chief of staff have had full confidence and trust in his abilities and his performance", she told reporters then.




Porter, now dating Trump's reputed favorite aide Hope Hicks, was accused of punching and choking first wife Colbie Holderness earlier this week.

Porter has denied the allegations of domestic abuse and says he is the victim of a smear campaign.

Porter's second wife, Jennie Willoughby, appeared on NBC's "Today" show Friday morning, describing how he pulled her out of the shower during an argument.

Folks, in the midst of the revelations about Rob Porter and domestic abuse, there's one crucial lesson that should not be lost: if anyone ever lays a hand on you, take a picture.

But for White House staff, protected privacy may not cover all the information unearthed during the background check as the process consists of two separate reviews - one for clearance and one for suitability, Zaid said.

Porter had been a rare staffer inside the White House who knew Washington, was widely respected and was seen as good at his job.

"While we are all processing the shocking and troubling allegations made against a former White House staffer", Kelly declared.

"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can't say enough good things about him", Kelly said in a statement at the time.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., tweeted about Kelly's comments about both DACA recipients and his initial defense of Porter late Wednesday, highlighting them as two of his most controversial comments while in office.

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