Trump doubles down defense of aides who quit over domestic violence claims

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Trump's House of Predators is Crashing Down Around Him As David Sorenson Resigns

President Trump said Friday afternoon he was surprised and saddened by allegations of domestic violence against a top aide who resigned this week.

David Sorensen resigned after his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, told the Washington Post that she had informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation last autumn that Mr Sorensen had physically and emotionally abused her during their two-and-a-half year marriage.

In June 2017, Mr Porter's preliminary file was sent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the White House security office, containing the abuse allegations from his ex-wives.

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

US President Donald Trump doubled down Saturday on his defense of an aide who resigned over domestic violence allegations as another senior White House staffer quit over his wife's allegations of abuse. Chief of Staff John Kelly, whose relationship with Trump has been strained in recent weeks, is taking the lion's share of the blame, as I reported yesterday.

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White House speechwriter David Sorensen denied his wife's claims, but resigned - hours after President Donald Trump was criticized for wishing staff secretary Rob Porter a "wonderful career" after he too resigned amid similar accusations.

It is not the first time Trump has been dismissive of allegations against staff and political allies. She also gave WaPo a photo of her hand bearing a scar she said was from the the cigarette Sorensen put out on her. Trump has denied all of these accusations and cast all of his accusers as liars.

Trump said he was saddened by the charges but pointed out that Porter has denied the accusations.

Mr Porter, who was arguably Mr Kelly's closest aide, cleaned out his desk on Thursday.

Kelly told reporters he learned Tuesday night Porter had allegedly abused two ex-wives.

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"We wish him well", the president said.

The Post claimed she approached them before DailyMail.com published the first allegations against Porter this week. This morning, Hicks continued to defend Porter in private, a source said, telling people she thinks the allegations aren't true. "Sorensen provided photos of what he said were injuries his ex-wife inflicted upon him during their fights, including bruises and scrapes", the newspaper also reported.

He said he did not want the White House to have to deal with the distraction and went on to accuse Ms Corbett of punching him.

In November of a year ago, McGahn received a call from Porter's ex-girlfriend informing him of the specific allegations from both of Porter's ex-wives.

"Regardless of what our opinion may be about whoever is in the White House, they have a huge responsibility to be role models in this nation", Shaw told the Washington Examiner.

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