Trump's Speechwriter, Sorensen Quits Over Domestic Abuse Claims

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Over the past two years, Trump has also been accused by more than a dozen women of making unwanted sexual advances against them.

Debby Tucker, president of the board of directors for the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, said women are far more likely to be accused of fabricating stories than men.

"Everyone loved him. People commented all the time how lucky I was".

"We're all saddened by this", Short said. You think that maybe someone would have mentioned it to me.

But his suggestion in private that he would be willing to step down if the president wanted him to reflected the degree to which the scandal surrounding Porter has engulfed the White House, touching off a bitter round of recriminations that could result in a shake-up at the highest levels. As Porter announced his resignation mid-day Wednesday, Kelly issued a supportive statement calling him "a man of true integrity and honor".

"Why would someone like me and many other women be there", at the White House if the president didn't show support for women?

Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House only learned late Thursday about allegations against Sorensen, the speechwriter.

Both men deny the allegations.

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Sorensen denies his ex-wife's accusations, claiming that she was the abuser.

While Sorensen's post as a Council on Environmental Quality speechwriter did not require security clearance, Corbett said she had described his behavior to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as it conducted an ongoing background check of Sorensen in the fall. Hicks has become one of Trump's closest confidants, and while the president has groused about her involvement in the Porter flareup, he had not suggested ousting her, according to the two people familiar with his private discussions.

"The general is there to put in policies and processes and procedures".

"I have no reason not to believe the women", Conway added.

The White House was forced to quell rumors that Kelly was ready to resign.

Vice President Mike Pence, striking a markedly different tone than Trump, said in an interview Friday on MSNBC that "there's no tolerance in this White House and no place in America for domestic abuse". It is alleged that the former White House staff secretary gave one former wife a black eye while another filed a restraining order.

That represents a sharp break with past practice, in which White House counsels undertook elaborate vetting of senior advisers before they were hired - and looked into any serious allegations that surfaced thereafter.

Many White House senior staff members remained stunned by the accusations against Porter, a well-liked and seemingly mild-mannered graduate of Harvard and Oxford. Conway stressed that Porter "is no longer the staff secretary". "The president and chief of staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance", said spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. Reuters has not independently confirmed the allegations against Porter, or against Trump. That's not surprising given it's the Trump administration.

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