White House response to abuse claims shines light on victims' fears

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"We absolutely wish him well, he did a very good job when he was at the White House". Trump did not mention the women or address the substance of their claims in those remarks or in a tweet Saturday that decried how "lives are bring shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation".

The White House had denied knowledge of the domestic violence allegations against White House staff secretary Rob Porter until Wednesday when the accusations were made public.

But he was supportive of his former staff secretary. By some accounts, White House counsel Don McGahn had been apprised of some accusations about Porter at least four times, including as early as January 2017.

"Why is that, and do you understand the problem that creates for the president?" "It suggests that what we really need to worry about is how these allegations will impact the man who is accused". 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.

In her tweet, O'Donnell insinuated that the 29-year-old Hicks is merely dating Porter to divert attention away from her affair with the president. The threats were personal. I frankly wouldn't work there if that were not the case.

"I got my temporary at the end of December", said Priebus. "And so I kept my mouth shut and stayed". The letter also asks why Porter did not have security clearance. "He is an intelligent, kind, chivalrous, caring, professional man".

"I don't think it's an issue", Mulvaney continued.

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Hicks, a former model, has been dating Porter and came to his defense after the allegations arose. "Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?". It was no secret that his history of abuse was well known and both ex-wives had reported the abuse to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "That is democracy", Rather wrote in a Facebook post.

For the #MeToo movement, which has spread into virtually every corner of American society, redressing a legacy of injustice even as it wrestles with questions such as the dangers of a rush to judgment, Mr Trump's words were sure to make him, yet again, a lightning rod. "In this case, the president has denied any of these allegations".

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

In the days since Willoughby's story became public, comments on social media from abuse survivors tell stories of being afraid to come forward - and not being believed when they do.

"I spoke with the president last night about this very issue, and he wanted me to re-emphasize to everyone, including this morning, that he has full confidence in his current Chief of Staff General John Kelly and that he is not actively looking for replacements", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview on ABC's "This Week".

And that's really what matters in this White House. Sorensen denied the allegations, saying he has "never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life", and alleging that he "was the victim of repeated physical violence" during his marriage.

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