Second WH aide resigns after abuse accusations

WH gripped by tumult over abuse allegations

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According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump shot down recent reports that he has grown increasingly exasperated with his communications director over her handling of the White House's response to domestic abuse allegations against former aide Rob Porter. It is alleged that the former White House staff secretary gave one former wife a black eye while another filed a restraining order.

David Sorensen, a speechwriter for President Trump, reigned when he learnt that the Washington Post was working on a story detailing accusations of physical and emotional abuse by his ex-wife.

Over the past two years, Trump has also been accused by more than a dozen women of making unwanted sexual advances against them.

Sorensen's ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, has alleged that her husband of two years abused her psychologically and physically during their two year marriage.

'We certainly wish him well. However, questions have lingered about Porter was able to keep up with his job at the White House even after the abuse allegations reportedly surfaced.

"He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent", Mr Trump added.

White House chief of staff John Kelly and counsel Don McGahn reportedly knew of the allegations for months before they were made public.

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

Sorensen's resignation came as the Post was reporting a story on Corbett's claims, which included that he ran a vehicle over her foot, rubbed a burning cigarette on her hand and threw her into a wall.

The Washington Post reported that Corbett said her ex-husband ran over her foot with a vehicle, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her against a wall and grabbed her hair in the remote waters off the coast of Maine.

During the campaign, Trump called Clinton "guilty as hell" and said she should "go to jail" over her email use, citing a potential breach of national security.

Hicks, the youngest White House communications director in history, has always been one of Trump's closest confidants.

White House officials said they learned of the accusations by Sorensen's wife late on Thursday. "Porter despite the fact that he could not get a security clearance and that you were aware of the specific domestic violence allegations made against him", it continues.

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.

Trump, to reporters in October 2017, when asked about allegations against him and the "Access Hollywood" recording in which he spoke of groping women without their consent. "And in this case, those didn't work and we need to find out why", he told Fox News.

In a written statement sent through the White House press office Wednesday, Porter said he took those photos, but that "the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", he said. 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.

This comes after the former Celebrity Apprentice star addressed White House aid Rob Porter's departure.

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