White House grappling with fallout from aide's resignation

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

"What the president is saying when he is talking about due process, he's right in this way, we are a country of laws", Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", Mr Trump wrote. "Some are old and some are new", Trump said. The president - who has also been buffeted by claims of sexual misconduct - asked: "Is there no such thing as due process?"

On Friday, Trump said he was "surprised" after Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned as a result of abuse allegations from his ex-wives. His two ex-wives gave their accounts of abuse to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a routine background check, which meant that by 2017, Trump administration officials - including Kelly - had known "Porter was facing troubles in obtaining his security clearance and that his ex-wives claimed he had abused them", CNN previously reported.

And on Friday, White House speechwriter David Sorensen quit after his ex-wife went public with allegations that included, among other things, that he once ran over her foot with a vehicle and stubbed out a cigarette on her hand.

White House speechwriter David Sorensen denied his wife's claims of abuse, 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.

Porter resigned as White House Staff Secretary last week following reports of a pattern of domestic abuse stemming as far back as 2003 involving two ex-wives and a third woman who dated him. According to Trump, all women accusers are lying. A source said Trump gave Shah a mild rebuke for the comment, advising him never to apologise. I've always found him to be just a very, very good person.

Sorensen told the Post in a text message that he resigned because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction".

Hicks has become one of Trump's closest confidants, and while the president has groused about her involvement in the Porter flareup, he had not suggested ousting her, according to the two people familiar with his private discussions.

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Shortly before Biden spoke, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that Porter had proclaimed his innocence, and "I think you have to remember that", reported.

Hicks, perhaps Trump's most trusted aide, had helped craft the response to the scandal as White House communications director, despite being romantically involved with Porter.

Kelly later said in a statement he was shocked by "new" allegations against Porter, stressing that domestic violence is unacceptable. It's obviously a very tough time for him.

"When I return to Washington, D.C., I'm going to look into the matter, and I'll share my counsel with the president directly", Pence added.

The White House said in a statement that it had been made aware of the allegations before The Washington Post reached out regarding the story.

"What that clearly says to me is that the president is one of those people who either automatically disbelieves women and believes men, or arguably even worse, believes the woman who makes the allegations but thinks that should not be a barrier to her abuser's success", said Martin.

'Donald Trump's very active in the #OnlyMe movement'. Which means what he says about allegations of sexual assault and domestic abuse matter much, much more.

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