Rob Porter, White House Aide, Resigns After Accusations of Abuse

US: White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigns after domestic abuse allegations

US: White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigns after domestic abuse allegations

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has said he is "shocked by the new allegations" against a Trump aide who resigned amid domestic abuse claims.

Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah on Thursday attempted to explain the about-face Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has performed on domestic violence accusations against Rob Porter, who has resigned as staff secretary.

Chief of Staff John Kelly initially called Porter "a man of integrity", but later said he was "shocked by the new allegations" even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation shared accusations against Porter with the White House in November.

His first spouse, Ms Holderness, said the White House aide had been verbally and physically abusive. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and his two home-state senators, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah, also Republicans.

Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. Porter, she said, had been in touch several times over the past year to urge her to take down a blog post in which she detailed abuse in their marriage without naming him.

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Porter was a former chief of staff to Sen.

Yet the message from the Trump White House is that women's accusations of abuse should be viewed skeptically, absent photos or videos. She told the publication Porter punched her while they were on vacation.

Shah, who was filling in for Sanders, acknowledged that many people at the White House were close with Porter and that they may have had trouble accepting the allegations against him.

Shah noted that an acting White House staff secretary would be announced at a later date.

At today's briefing, Shah responded to a reporter's question on the circumstances under which Porter left by saying that he "was terminated yesterday" and that "his last day was yesterday", and that he only showed up to work today to pick up his stuff. The article was published with photos appearing to depict Holderness with a bruised eye and a copy of the protective order.

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Porter, a director of staff and responsible, amongst others, for numerous documents that arrived at the office of the U.S. president to sign, said in a statement that he was resigning despite the "scandalous charges" against him being "false".

To be clear, Rob Porter is Donald Trump's right hand man - his personal secretary.

Porter's ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told the DailyMail.com - the USA website of a United Kingdom tabloid - that he had difficulty controlling his anger and at one point pulled her out of the shower and yelled at her.

"I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect", Porter said in a statement. Kelly called Porter a "man of true integrity and honor", and Porter's former boss, Sen.

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