White House speechwriter resigns amid domestic abuse allegations

President Donald Trump attends the National Prayer Breakfast at a hotel in Washington DC

White House speechwriter resigns amid domestic abuse allegations

Speechwriter Sorensen has vehemently resigned after being accused of domestic abuse by his former wife who claimed that he emotionally and violently abused her while they were married.

Mr Trump has complained that Mr Kelly did not bring the Porter allegations to him sooner, adding to his frustrations about the chief of staff's attempts to control him and Mr Kelly's recent inflammatory comments about immigrants. Sorensen said in a text message that he made his decision because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction", according to The Post.

People familiar with the matter told CNN Friday that the President was dismayed by the handling of the abuse allegations against Porter, with whom Hicks is romantically involved.

Spokesman Raj Shah said David Sorenson, a speechwriter for the Council on Environmental Quality, resigned Friday.

It's been a tough week to be a domestic violence-committing dip-shit in Donald Trump's White House!

In December, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefed reporters on Trump's views after three of his accusers called on Congress to investigate his past behaviour.

It came shortly after Donald Trump drew criticism for praising another staffer who quit his administration amid similar claims from two of his ex-wives. He denied the allegations.

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"He was surprised. He like many of us, did not see that in Rob Porter", Shah answered when asked about President Trump's reaction to the allegations.

Two of his ex-wives came forward publicly with allegations against Porter, one who said he gave her a black eye and another who claimed she had a restraining order against him.

In a written statement sent through the White House press office on Wednesday, Porter said he took those photos, but that "the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described", he said. "Domestic violence is abhorrent and has no place in our society", Kelly wrote in the letter.

Reports suggest Trump's chief of staff John Kelly knew about the allegations made against Porter months before they surfaced in the media and he was forced to resign.

Trump on Friday wished Porter well and said he did a "very good job" and "worked very hard", stressing that the ex-staffer had maintained his innocence.

"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can't say enough good things about him", Kelly said.

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