The White House this Monday stumbled it’s way through explaining its handling of abuse allegations against former top aide Rob Porter, who stepped down as staff secretary last week.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read out loud a statement she said was constructed by President Trump, announcing his personal support for victims of domestic violence.
“Above all, the president supports the victims of domestic violence and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process,” she said.
However Sanders refused to say why the president, who has recently offered high praise to Porter and defended people whose “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” has not said stated those remarks himself.
Huckabee found herself barraged with questions about the president’s view on Porter and why he was permitted to work in a senior staff positions months after the White House uncovered the allegations, ensuring the saga extended into a sixth day.
Sanders also seemed to oppose multiple news reports that White House counsel Don McGahn became aware last year of the allegations by federal investigators working on Porter’s application for a security clearance, claiming it’s “not accurate.”
She also refused to say if McGahn was aware about the accusations any time before Tuesday.
“I can’t get into the specifics,” she stated. “The process for the background check was ongoing and the White House had not received any specific papers regarding the completion of the background check.”
Both of Porter’s ex-wives have alleged that he abused them, with one revealing photographs of herself with a black eye that she said she received from her former husband. Porter has denied the allegations.
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