"We want to look at the educational backgrounds, ability to contribute to the workforce in a way that helps American workers. One of the best and brightest in the administration", Sanders said in a tweet before Shah took the podium in the historic James S Brady press briefing room of the White House. "I'm not going to get into the specifics, regarding who may have known what pieces of information".
Kelly has written a letter to White House employees seeking to allay their concerns. "He really wanted to know, 'what are you going to tell them?' and I told him, 'I'm going to tell them the truth". "We understand the shock, pain and confusion that these allegations have caused in our workplace".
"The President saw the news report on Tuesday night and was informed of the resignation on Wednesday. The emerging reports were not reflective of the individual who we had come to know", Shah said.
By Thursday, Porter had left the White House permanently as attention on the abuse allegations increased.
Porter has denied the allegations against him saying, in a statement that, "These outrageous allegations are simply false".
Porter denied both of the ex-wives' allegations.
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McGahn declined to comment through a White House spokesman.
Shah said that Kelly only became "fully aware" of the allegations this week.
The sad fact of the matter is that this White House has no standards for conduct among its employees, because the head honcho is the worst behaved of all of them. He served as a clearinghouse for paperwork coming in or out of the Oval Office, and he was an important influence on policy in his own right. Few aides had greater access to the Oval Office or spent more time in the president's company. The entire White House's knee-jerk reaction to allegations is to believe the accused man and call the woman a liar spreading fake news.
Trump was also recently surprised to learn that Porter was dating Hicks, according to the officials. Nor did he act in September when he learned that the domestic violence claims were delaying Porter's security clearance, or in November when Porter's former girlfriend contacted him about the allegations, according to these people. Porter had an interim clearance, which means he can travel with the president on Air Force One and present him with classified documents.
Senior staff members at the White House apply for five-year security clearances, and the process can be lengthy - some current officials are still waiting, aides said. He and other Democratic leaders have asked the administration to explain the status of Kushner's clearance given reported omissions on his security clearance questionnaire.
The media also broadcast-ed photographs of the first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, with a purplish eye purportedly from a punch given by Porter. The Intercept published its interview with Holderness on Wednesday. "Therefore, they are best evaluated through the background check process", he said. "He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional". "There is no place for domestic violence in our society", Kelly said in the statement.