Second WH aide resigns after abuse accusations

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There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone.

But Kelly's handling of the Porter affair rattled some aides, who questioned his full-throated defence of an accused batterer, according to more than a half-dozen White House officials and outside advisers who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

Trump just tweeted, "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation".

In his tweet, Trump referred to women's allegations about men's unwanted behavior generally and said, "Some are true and some are false".

"He said it is sad for people in the White House and he knows that Rob Porter is sad as well. and that is it". "Strangers complimented him to me every time we went out", Willoughby wrote.

The thrice-married Trump has denied sexual misconduct and harassment accusations against himself by more than two dozen women, and downplayed his 2006 comments on "Access Hollywood", in which he said he would kiss and grab women without their permission.

On Friday, a second White House staffer, speechwriter David Sorensen, resigned as a result of abuse allegations.

While Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn have been roped into the controversy after reports surfaced that both men were aware of the allegations since previous year, Hicks maintains strong support from Trump and other cabinet members.

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Critics say the president's chief of staff, John Kelly, has badly mishandled the matter and that his future at the White House hangs by a thread.

Kelly was brought into the West Wing to bring calm to Trump's tumultuous operation but recently has created some of his own chaos, rattling aides and lawmakers with inflammatory remarks and political missteps.

'Donald Trump - Misogynist-in-Chief - defends the accused, not the accuser. "He did a very good job while he was in the White House". "The result is that Rob Porter is no longer the staff secretary". The chief of staff, who has said he only learned of irregularities with Porter's background check in November, insisted that the decision for the staff secretary was made before photos of one of his ex-wives with a black eye were published. He added, "It should be able to focus on continuing President Trump's historic accomplishments for the American People".

But ABC News reported Trump is already talking to confidants about replacing Kelly and that Tom Barrack, his former inauguration committee chairman, had been approached to gauge his interest but won't take the position.

The allegations of domestic abuse against Porter first came to light Tuesday. "He said very strongly yesterday that's he's innocent".

Mr McGahn told the White House chief of staff there was an issue with Mr Porter's security clearance, although he was vague, reports CBS.

"We recognize that you and the President have tremendous discretion in deciding whom to hire to work in the White House", the letter read. Kelly, meanwhile, has signaled a willingness to resign over the scandal. But several aides, including Conway, delivered ringing support for Hicks and said that the president still valued her.

He was filling in the shoes of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders who is away on a vacation.