Second Trump aide quits over abuse claims

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There's no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone.

Trump tweeted his thoughts amid the controversies over the partisan battles in the House probe of Russian election meddling and the recent resignations of the White House staff secretary and a Council on Environmental Quality speech writer because of sexual misconduct claims.

Trump ramped up his defense Saturday when he tweeted that lives are being destroyed by a "mere allegation" and questioned whether there is still due process.

In the tweet on Saturday, Trump wrote that "some [allegations] are true and some are false".

"I stand by my 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", Kelly said in a statement.

Mr Sorensen alleged that Ms Corbett punched him multiple times and once grabbed the steering wheel while he was driving on a highway.

Trump's comments have set off a firestorm at a time of national conversation about the mistreatment of women. On Friday, he made a freakish statement of support for his former staff secretary Rob Porter, wishing him well and emphasizing that Porter had denied any wrongdoing.

"We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today", deputy press secretary Raj Shah said. The White House's official position is that all of Trump's accusers are lying.

Senior White House aides insisted Sunday that President Donald Trump retains confidence in Chief of Staff John Kelly in the midst of staff turmoil and said the president is not looking to replace the retired four-star general hired six months ago with a mandate to corral chaos.

In his account of the Trump White House, the author Michael Wolff described Hicks' role as the "single most important job in this White House: interpreting the media for him [Trump] in the most positive way it could be interpreted, and buffering him from the media that could not be positively spun". Photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye surfaced publicly, which eventually led to the White House expressing concern about the allegations.

Hicks reportedly knew about the allegations but continued to date Porter, and did not make the president aware of the developments. "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent", Trump said.

The official said staffers felt misled by how Porter played down the allegations, both to Kelly and McGahn. "I think the president, like the rest of us, were shocked and disturbed by the allegations". They also raised questions about how seriously the president takes allegations of domestic abuse.

Later the same day Kelly suggested some of them "just should have probably gotten off the couch and signed up". Kelly, along with Porter, helped organize the West Wing's policy and decision-making process and infused the staff with a clearer sense of objective, officials said.

"It's extraordinary that a president would essentially back a disgraced aide who even his chief of staff admits is guilty of spousal abuse", Sabato said. That clashes with the events of Tuesday night, when the White House released a statement of support for Porter from Kelly, who had initially urged his right-hand-man to remain in his post.

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