Trump's comments were a sharp contrast to those of Vice President Mike Pence, who told NBC's Lester Holt on Friday "there's no tolerance in this White House and no place in America for domestic abuse".
On Saturday, Trump doubled down on his defense by tweeting that "lives are being shattered" by allegations that may or may not be true.
Trump, who was recorded on tape prior to his presidency boasting about sexually assaulting women, has denied allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women, and said he was the victim of a "smear campaign".
Yet the allegations against Mr Porter and Mr Sorensen were long-standing, well-documented and, at least in Mr Porter's case, known to the White House for months, even as he held one of the West Wing's most sensitive positions, channeling paperwork to the president. Trump also said he had been "surprised" and "very sad" to learn about the allegations against Porter.
Priebus adds President Trump has never complained about General Kelly, and praised him for the job he's doing as chief of staff. A spokesman confirmed that a second White House staff member, David Sorensen, a speechwriter, had resigned over allegations by his former wife that he had abused her during their marriage. "President Trump continues to claim the 5 black men from the Central Park jogger case are guilty", O'Brien tweeted. Public pressure is one thing, but the White House has often proven itself to be impervious to it, through any number of highly controversial episodes that might have torn apart a previous administration.
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Porter's ex-wives detailed the allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the course of a routine background check, they told CNN.
Aides' attempts to explain the defensive response from Trump and Kelly only raised more questions. Among them was Roy Moore, the former Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, who is accused of molesting teenage girls. In Kelly's and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' initial statements, they went far beyond saying these were mere allegations and that there needed to be an investigation. Among the names being considered: Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Mark Meadows and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. At the end of the session, according to people with knowledge of his remarks, Kelly volunteered that he had something he wanted to "clarify".
"The perception of Kelly as above politics has been critical to his success in the West Wing".
At a senior staff meeting on Friday, Kelly tried to push his own timeline concerning Porter. Some staffers who were at the meeting left feeling that Kelly had effectively asked them to lie on his behalf. The staff secretary resigned later Wednesday.
Kelly has indicated he would step aside if he lost the faith of the president. The President did not express any sympathy for the women Porter allegedly abused, instead focusing on Porter's claim of innocence. "He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well".
Bouts of snow followed by freezing rain Sunday
Parts of Quebec, including Montreal, are in for several hours of freezing rain, making travel hard and risky . Sunday, says several hours of freezing rain are expected, possibly preceded by light snow.
Newcastle should have been awarded a penalty moments later though after a very clumsy challenge by Chris Smalling on Gayle. Manchester United play Spanish giants Sevilla in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League clash on Wednesday.
It could even be the fact the he would miss parking his vehicle at the Harvard yard or buying Hoodsie Cups for the kids. We're going to be playing in ideal weather 8-12 games a year that's going to be based on athletic ability and speed.
Koulajian pointed to the fixed income market as the main catalyst right now for near-term moves in the stock market. The correlation between German and United States 10-year notes stands at north of 0.6.
The death toll from Syrian regime air strike on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus rose to 36, a monitor said. Last year, US aircraft shot down a Syrian jet after pro-government forces attacked USA allied units in northern Syria.
He said the action was a part of the United States administration's broader "efforts to disrupt terrorist fundraising". He facilitated funds transfers, including worldwide transactions, on behalf of Aminullah.
Within two minutes of climbing into the sky the plane began to lose altitude according to the FlightRadar24 tracker. Russia's Investigative Committee have launched a criminal investigation and forensic teams are at the crash site.
They had cover from Trump , which has proven to be a valuable motivator, given his popularity among conservative base voters. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not allow for the amendment to be added, triggering the short shutdown .
At this point, someone should probably offer a college course on understanding the UFC's middleweight division. Romero - competing on a broken right leg sustained in the first round - proved he has fists of fury, as well.
Disneyland raises ticket price as much as 18 pct
We have been telling you for a couple of weeks now - if it's February, it must be time for Disney's annual ticket price increases. The price of a ticket on peak demand days is $135, up from $124. "Regular" tickets will be $114 for adults and $108 for children.
South Africa's Ramaphosa: ANC Working to Resolve Fate of Zuma
An ANC official in the Western Cape province said the schedule changes related to the party's push to force Zuma to stand down. The talks between Zuma and Ramaphosa had continued on the weekend, and notice for the special NEC was issued late on Saturday.
16 terrorists killed in Sinai operation: Egypt army
Last Friday, police and army announced that they will be on high alert for the duration of Operation Sinai 2018. The group has launched several violent attacks against army and police checkpoints in North Sinai cities.
Guardiola: All credit to four-goal Aguero
If not for Leicester's haphazard defending in the second half, their attackers might have given City a run for their money. And Puel claimed both he and the Algeria global will not focus their efforts on the rest of the season without any issues.
Three die as helicopter crashes in Grand Canyon
In the Grand Canyon , Arizona , three deaths and over four injuries have been caused in a crash of a tourist helicopter. Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley said the survivors were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital as of 2 a.m.
Frank Reich to be new Indianapolis Colts head coach
Former Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus, who will be the defensive coordinator, is among those under contract. After few winning seasons with Indianapolis and Arizona, his short time in that capacity will go down as a success .
Canada Wins First Two Medals at Winter Games
However, it was Canada's Parrot who secured the highest scoring run of the second heat. "I felt like it was a good run". And at the end of the night, Team USA's Chris Mazdzer became the first American to ever medal in men's singles luge.
Human rights icon Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore
Pakistan's former foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, tweeted, "There' s no one who can match her bravery and courage". She has constantly raised the issue of "missing persons" and has called for grilling of intelligence agencies.
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He was in the restroom preparing for the attack and stepped out to find a 28-year-old French banker, who first engaged the gunman. But as Stone and Sadler describe in their book, "Lisa told them she was from NY , and that she'd been in Venice for a few days".