Pulse.com.gh logo
Go


Rob Porter Top Trump aide to leave after battery allegations

White House staff secretary Rob Porter -- a near-constant fixture at President Donald Trump's side -- has resigned from his post, after two ex-wives publicly accused him of domestic abuse.

  • Published:
White House staff secretary Rob Porter (R), seen walking to Marine One last August with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (L), and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner play

White House staff secretary Rob Porter (R), seen walking to Marine One last August with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (L), and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner

(AFP/File)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

White House staff secretary Rob Porter -- a near-constant fixture at President Donald Trump's side -- has resigned from his post, after two ex-wives publicly accused him of domestic abuse.

The White House said Porter denied the allegations and retains the confidence of Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly, but would be leaving his post at an undetermined time.

His resignation comes after reports in the Daily Mail and The Intercept, in which Porter's ex-wives Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby documented alleged physical and psychological abuse.

A pair of photos showed Holderness with a badly bruised eye, which she claimed was the result of being punched by Porter.

The Intercept reported that the FBI became aware of the allegations when conducting background checks for Porter's security clearance.

Porter is not well known publicly but is often seen on travels with the president outside Washington and in White House meetings.

In recent weeks, he was closely involved in preparations for Trump's address to business leaders in Davos, Switzerland.

The Daily Mail had recently suggested he was in a relationship with Trump's communications advisor Hope Hicks.

"The President and chief of staff have had full confidence and trust in his abilities and his performance," Sanders said Wednesday.

She then read a statement from Porter, in which he said "these outrageous allegations are simply false."

"I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago, and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described."

"I've been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign."

The White House denied suggestions that it ignored security concerns flagged by the FBI.

"Consistent with the practice of past administrations, issues related to an individual's suitability are reviewed through a thorough and lengthy background check process," said Sanders.

"Background checks involve a complex investigation run by intelligence and law enforcement agencies."

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos




Top Articles

1 Trump Russia warns against President 'alarming' plans for US space...bullet
2 Algeria Country goes offline to stop students cheatingbullet
3 Jolly Tumuhiirwe Ugandan maid jailed for assaulting toddler releasedbullet
4 United Nations Dead plankton, stunned fish: The harms of man-made...bullet
5 In Czech Republic Government on track to be first post-communist...bullet
6 In Japan Pot found growing at MPs' buildingbullet
7 Melania Trump President's wife makes surprise visit to...bullet
8 OPEC Defusing row, organization agrees to output risebullet
9 Trump Split families in limbo amid US president...bullet
10 Baron Empain Survivor of brutal 1978 kidnapping, dies...bullet

Top Videos

1 In Togo Women go topless to demand resignation of Presidentbullet
2 Video Ghanaian Harvard student openly ‘assaulted’ by Policebullet
3 Holy Fake News Pope says serpent temptation in Bible ‘first fake news’bullet
4 Sex Robot Meet Solana, a sex robot with removable face and...bullet

World