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A top spokesperson to President Trump said Thursday that the administration “could have done better” in handling how it responded to allegations of domestic abuse against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.
“I think it's fair to say that we all could have done better over the last few days in dealing with this situation,” Raj Shah, a deputy press secretary, said.
Shah was responding to a barrage of questions about what the White House, in particular White House chief of staff John Kelly, knew about the domestic abuse allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter that became public on Wednesday, and prompted his resignation.
Porter was accused of domestic abuse by two of his ex-wives in a Daily Mail article. In the story's wake, Porter submitted, and Kelly had accepted, his resignation on Wednesday.
Prior to Porter's resignation, Kelly told the Daily Mail that Porter was “a man of true integrity and honor,” and that the former Marine Corps general couldn't “say enough good things about him [Porter].”
Kelly went on to call Porter “a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional.”
But on Wednesday evening, after photos of Porter's ex-wife with a black eye emerged, Kelly released another statement, writing, “I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society.” Kelly went on say he stands by his previous comments on Porter and that he believes “every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation.”
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