Trump's White House stands firm against winds of change

Trump's White House stands firm against winds of change

Trump's White House stands firm against winds of change

Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley refuted the reports Friday, saying General Kelly has not offered his resignation to President Trump.

"Debating whether credibly accused wife beaters should be allowed the honor (and that is what it is) to serve in the White House isn't democracy".

Over the last few days, two White House staffers have stepped down under a cloud of suspicion involving claims of domestic abuse. Nor, like his Oval Office remarks, did he mention the ex-wives who went public with the charges of domestic abuse.

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

Rob Porter "did a great job while he was at the White House". "But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he's also very sad now".

Trump, who was recorded on tape prior to his presidency boasting about sexually assaulting women, has denied allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women, and said he was the victim of a "smear campaign". Among them was Roy Moore, the former Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, who is accused of molesting teenage girls.

An unnamed member of Congress told Axios that Kelly claims Porter misled him about what a Daily Mail article that first detailed the abuse allegations would say, and that Kelly pushed Porter to resign in the wake of the reports.

This week saw the departure of White House speechwriter David Sorensen and staff secretary Rob Porter. The spokesman said officials confronted Sorenson on Thursday night when they learned of the accusations and that he had denied them.

And in both cases, they apparently felt their only recourse was to put out word that the most powerful men in the White House were trying to mislead the American people. CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted back: "In point of fact, 2 ex-wives talking on the record to journalists and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and one ex-girlfriend on background, with a photo of a black eye and a police report, is not 'a mere allegation'". In McGahn case, as far back as last January.

Despite his call for "due process", Trump has a history of issuing condemnations and promulgating conspiracies based on "a mere allegation".

The emerging timeline illustrates the degree to which Porter, a clean-cut and ambitious former Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law School-educated lawyer, concealed troublesome episodes from his past that would normally be considered disqualifying for a senior White House aide.

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks in the Oval Office of the White House this month. Washington Post
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks in the Oval Office of the White House this month. Washington Post

"(T) he West Wing continues to function.

As the aftershocks of the accusations against Porter reverberated for a sixth day, Trump stayed out of sight on a rainy Sunday in Washington.

In November, the White House heard back from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Just like Porter, Sorensen strongly denies the allegations.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on the letter.

At a senior staff meeting on Friday, Kelly tried to push his own timeline concerning Porter.

But there was no sign that a move was imminent, according to the people with knowledge of the conversations. At the time Hicks said Lewandowski "had nothing to apologize for".

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

More importantly, though, the fact that this leaked out so quickly suggests Kelly has lost the confidence of his staff. Among the names being considered: Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Mark Meadows and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. He has also returned to a notion he has raised privately in the past, telling people he would like Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a close friend and confidant, to take the job.

"A lot of us could have done better", Shah told reporters in a rare show of contrition from the Trump White House .

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