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Trump emphasized that Porter insists he is innocent and indicated in a tweet Porter may have been "falsely accused". The president made no mention of the women Mr.

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". Despite Trump's insistence to brush off Porter's violent past as "mere allegations", the fact remains that both of his former wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, have evidence to back up their claims in the form of graphic photos of abuse and a 2010 protection order, respectively.

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.

The White House response serves as a high-profile illustration of the obstacles many women face in speaking out about their abuse.

Trump's message also appeared to be a response to the larger national reckoning with sexual harassment and abuse of power, which has seen victims, mostly women, come forward to accuse dozens of prominent men in business, politics, entertainment and other realms.

Trump has said nearly nothing previously about the "me too" movement, which has led to a reexamination of power dynamics and expectations for men and women in the workplace.

Trump also stressed that Porter has maintained his innocence. Sorensen denied the allegations, saying he has "never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life", and alleging that he "was the victim of repeated physical violence" during his marriage. After Ailes was ousted as chief executive of Fox News in 2016, Trump also questioned the motives of some of Ailes' accusers.

"He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that".

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"Most importantly, the President has deep respect for her, cares about her greatly, and listens to her", Ivanka Trump said Friday, per NYT. "We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today", Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said. He later added that "it was very sad when we heard about it". "He's of Mexican heritage, and he's very proud of it, as I am of where I come from".

Corbett said she did not report the alleged abuse to law enforcement at the time because she feared retaliation, but she did say she told the FBI about the alleged incidents last month as the bureau conducted a background check on him.

"We wish him well". It is obviously a very tough time for him.

In a column for the Hollywood Reporter, Wolff wrote: "With Melania a nonpresence, the staff referred to Ivanka as the "real wife" and Hicks as the "real daughter".

On Saturday, Trump weighed in on the two staffers who resigned.

The White House notified the House Intelligence Committee on Friday that Trump was "unable" to declassify the Democratic memo. 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.

The president's rejection of the Democratic memo was in contrast to his enthusiastic embrace of releasing the Republican document, which accuses the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers in obtaining a secret warrant to monitor former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

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