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A White House speechwriter resigned Friday after his former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive during their turbulent 2½ -year marriage - allegations that he vehemently denied, saying she was the one who victimized him.

Sorensen resignation from his post comes just a few days after staff secretary Rob Porter stepped down amid abuse allegations made against him by his two ex-wives. 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.

The resignations came amid swirling questions about how White House chief of staff John Kelly had handled the matter and whether he could maintain his job despite Mr Trump's growing frustration.

In a week when two White House staff members resigned amid domestic abuse allegations, President Donald Trump lamented in a tweet Saturday that lives are being "destroyed by a mere allegation".

Jessica Corbett described their chaotic marriage to The Washington Post, including allegations that Sorensen ran over her foot with a auto, put out a cigarette on her hand and threw her into a wall.

"He was terminated yesterday and his last day was yesterday", Shah, the deputy press secretary said Thursday.

"I think when the White House said they could have handled the situation better, that's a bit of an understatement, yes", Flake said.

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Porter and Sorensen have denied the charges.

This moment, though, should be a time of reckoning for a White House in which so many women have lost hope. "He said very strongly that he's innocent, so you'll have to talk to him about that". Hicks, White House Communications director, had a previous personal relationship with Porter. (It can be chilling how competent and charming abusers are at work, only to go home and terrorize their partner.) But consider this: What if Porter had allegedly assaulted two men?

"We wish him well", Trump told reporters during a hastily arranged photo opportunity in the Oval Office. He added, "It should be able to focus on continuing President Trump's historic accomplishments for the American People". The White House had called the allegations "very troubling". 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, who had worked closely with Porter for several months, at first issued a statement supporting Porter as a man of "true integrity".

Trump has long cautioned against jumping to conclusions in cases of alleged sexual misconduct, including those directed at him by more than a dozen women.

"I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it", the president said.

On Friday, Trump praised the fired Porter.



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