Conway Defends Trump Response To Abuse Allegations Against Ex-Aide

Trump Defends Accused Domestic Abusers: 'No Recovery for Someone Falsely Accused'

Trump Calls for Due Process in Tweet: 'Lives Are Being Shattered' by 'Mere' Allegations

"I told him I'd be with you today, and he said, 'Please tell Jake that I have full faith in Chief of Staff John Kelly and that I'm not actively searching for replacements.' He said, 'I saw that all over the news today, and I have faith in him.' And he does", Conway said Sunday.

Top White House aides on Sunday countered criticism over the Trump administration's handling of allegations that White House staff secretary Rob Porter abused his ex-wives.

Trump's staff secretary called the allegations from his former spouses "outrageous" and "simply false".

Trump initially defended Porter, whom Kelly praised as a "man of true integrity". Several aides, including Conway, said Sunday that the president still values Hicks.

Sorensen also resigned this week after being accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife, a White House official said.

If Paul doesn't want anyone to think he's "making excuses" for domestic abuse, perhaps he shouldn't reference things like "he said, she said" and fret about how "complicated" it is to determine if giving your wife a black eye is a bad thing for which one should lose their government job.

"He's up to his neck in it", Maloney said of Kelly, "and he chose not to deal with it". "John Kelly is doing an outstanding job".

Trump doesn't name any individuals in his post, but he seems to be referring to Rob Porter.

The next day, the President tweeted "lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation". "That abuse is something to be questioned and doubted".

"Trump made it clear that he stands with men over victims of domestic violence".

Trump has denied the accusations and has accused rival Democrats and the media of a smear campaign. "He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well".

The president himself has faced accusations - which he's denied - from more than a dozen women of offenses including groping and non-consensual kissing. Vice President Mike Pence, traveling in South Korea to attend the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, said he was "appalled" by the allegations against Porter.

"I think the president, like the rest of us, were shocked and disturbed by the allegations", Conway said on ABC's "This Week". "I think he believes that the resignation was appropriate".

Trump told reporters on Friday that Porter's departure was "very sad" and that "he did a very good job while he was in the White House".

"Well, there is no way for me to know what those two men knew, because I'm not in that line, and nor should I be, " she replied.

Budget director Mick Mulvaney blamed talk of a Kelly ouster on people disgruntled because they lost access to Trump after Kelly became chief of staff in July.

Asked if Trump has discussed naming him chief of staff, Mulvaney said, "Absolutely not".

Trump has complained that Kelly did not bring the Porter allegations to him sooner, adding to his frustrations about the chief of staff's attempts to control him and Kelly's recent inflammatory comments about immigrants.

Kelly, who according to reports, learned of the allegations against Porter months ago when he failed to pass an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check for a security clearance, lauded him as "a man of true integrity and honor" on Tuesday. Trump is known to frequently poll his advisers about the performance of senior staff and is often reluctant to actually fire aides.

Once photos emerged showing Porter's ex-wife with a black eye, Mulvaney said, "he was gone nearly immediately".

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