White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and budget chief Mick Mulvaney separately said Sunday that President Trump would retain chief of staff John Kelly amidst public outcry over his handling of abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter.
"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", Trump said in a tweet, after Staff Secretary Rob Porter and speech writer David Sorensen resigned this week. "Some are true and some are false".
Trump denied the allegations, accused rival Democrats and the media of a smear campaign, and went on to win the 2016 election. "Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?" he said. Yet, he and other top White House officials reportedly knew for weeks and in some cases months about Porter's domestic abuse scandal, an action that may have jeopardized national security. "He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that", Trump said while speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, repeating: "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent".
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"In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her", Sorensen said in a statement, adding that he's "considering legal options to address her defamation". "I don't think those things are mutually exclusive". Donald Trump heaped praise on the alleged abuser, sympathized with him and has not reached out to the women who complained.
In the case of Sorensen, his former wife, Jessica Corbett, told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents conducting a background check on her husband that he had run over her foot while driving a auto and extinguished a cigarette on her hand during a turbulent 2 1/2-year marriage. "3 American women are murdered every day by their husband or boyfriend".
White House aides on Sunday television news shows stressed that Kelly was not in any danger of being ousted from his post.
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"Our children must learn a different lesson", she added. "John Kelly knows that he serves at the pleasure of the president, and he will step aside anytime the president doesn't want him to be there". Although he publicly acknowledged Obama's citizenship in September 2016, Trump reportedly continued to privately question it as recently as November 2017.
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"I'm building a wall". "He's of Mexican heritage, and he's very proud of it, as I am of where I come from".
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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However, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch did not pursue charges against Clinton.
Trump pushed for the death penalty in the Central Park Five case, telling Larry King in 1989, "maybe hate is what we need if we're gonna get something done". A convicted murderer/rapist confessed.