Trump's Speechwriter, Sorensen Quits Over Domestic Abuse Claims


Sorensen is the second White House official to resign over domestic abuse allegations in days-with staff secretary Rob Porter resigning Wednesday after being accused of physically abusing two of his ex wives.

Trump and "many" White House staffers were irritated by Kelly's support for Porter's character and for falsely insisting he that he aggressively sought to have him fired once the abuse allegations surfaced, according to The New York Times.

"Kelly's luster has slowly eroded during his roughly six months as Trump's top staffer - and some White House aides worry it may be acutely painful, considering he takes personal pride in his honor as a lifelong public servant.

Why would someone like me and many other women be there?"

Trump's comments were a sharp contrast to those of Vice President Mike Pence, who told NBC's Lester Holt on Friday "there's no tolerance in this White House and no place in America for domestic abuse". He said he hopes Porter has a "great career ahead of him" and that he did a "very good job" during his tie serving in the White House.

And that's really what matters in this White House. And, for that matter, there are still multiple allegations against the president himself - as Sen. "President Trump continues to claim the 5 black men from the Central Park jogger case are guilty", O'Brien tweeted.

At the very least, helping draft Kelly's statement demonstrates Hicks is unethical, if also not an enabler of an accused wife-beater. After Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was arrested and charged with assaulting a female reporter, Trump asked, "How do you know the bruises weren't there before?"

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It also drew an inflamed reaction, as people took to social media to note that Mr Trump used similar arguments to defend Roy S Moore, the Republican candidate who lost his bid for an Alabama Senate seat after being accused of child predation, and Bill O'Reilly, the disgraced TV personality who, along with his former employer, Fox News, paid tens of millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment claims.

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", he wrote. Public pressure is one thing, but the White House has often proven itself to be impervious to it, through any number of highly controversial episodes that might have torn apart a previous administration.

"(T) he West Wing continues to function. Senior White House officials, including Kelly, Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff, and McGahn received word from the bureau that the allegations were credible and that Porter was not likely to pass his background check.

"The perception of Kelly as above politics has been critical to his success in the West Wing".

"We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegation and he resigned today", Shah said in a statement.

"But the irony for Kelly may be that the credibility that makes him a singular asset in this White House may have been irreparably damaged by his work in it".

Kelly went on to say that he had learned of Porter's true situation less than an hour before he removed him from his job.