WH Communications Director Hope Hicks in Spotlight of Porter Scandal

President Donald Trump relies on his chief of staff, John Kelly, and has no plans to dismiss him for his handling of the scandal of Rob Porter, a senior official that was accused of mistreating his EX, according to CNN on Thursday.

Shah told reporters at Thursday's news briefing that Trump had not been aware of the full scope of the allegations until Wednesday, when the photograph showing Porter's ex-wife's black eye was published.

Meanwhile, one of Porter's ex-wives, Jennifer Willoughby confirmed to NBC News today that she told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his history of physical abuse during his background check. Several aides and White House advisers expressed disgust, and said Kelly had failed the president if he knew about Porter's history with Porter's ex-wives and didn't inform Trump.

After issuing a complimentary statement on Mr Porter earlier on Wednesday, Mr Kelly said in the evening that he "was shocked by the new allegations released today". Being the best people doesn't start when you formally begin working in the White House. Upon learning of the allegations, the president was "saddened for all the individuals involved", Shah said.

That authority, though, has been damaged by a string of rapidly shifting public statements about Porter. Though he is coy about what he's getting at when he asks about Mulvaney, most aides and associates assume he is referencing the chief of staff position.

Both women also told CNN Wednesday that a third woman, a girlfriend of Porter's, contacted them for advice about how to deal with Porter's "repeated abuse". "I told him I'm going to tell them the truth", she said. Willoughby said it wasn't until they met and shared stories that she "could really recognize the magnitude of it".

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Porter has denied the allegations of abuse, calling them "simply false".

Porter is reportedly dating White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.

Trump has spent the last two nights phoning friends and former aides to seek their advice, which has varied wildly. When the news of Porter's resignation broke, Axios reported that White House senior staff, including Kelly, encouraged Porter to "stay and fight" rather than resign.

"He, like many of us, did not see that in Rob Porter, did not see what these allegations have brought forward". "In this instance, in the case of Rob Porter, we relied on the background check investigative process".

As Porter's second ex-wife, Jennie Willoughby, illustrated to Anderson Cooper last night, this is more than just another political football for the administration to have a kick at. But Kelly has leaned heavily on Porter since becoming chief of staff in July and considers Porter a close and trusted confidant, they said. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "The person I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character". Willoughby appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on February 8 and said of her ex-husband "I don't think he's changed" and had a terrifying prediction for Hicks.

White House officials first defended Porter in the immediate aftermath of the allegations on Monday and Tuesday. She said Porter kicked her during their honeymoon and, during a 2005 vacation in Italy, punched her in the face.


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