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Saturday, Fox News Channel "Justice" host Jeanine Pirro reacted to the calls for White House chief of staff John Kelly over his handling of former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter amid domestic abuse accusations.

The White House response serves as a high-profile illustration of the obstacles many women face in speaking out about their abuse.

Trump also told reporters on Friday that Porter's departure was "very sad" and that "he did a very good job while he was in the White House", but he did not express sympathy for the women Porter allegedly abused, instead focusing on Porter's claim of innocence.

Trump said he was saddened by the charges but pointed out that Porter has denied the accusations.

Reeling from the downfall of a senior aide, the White House is on the defensive, attempting to soften President Donald Trump's comments about the mistreatment of women while rallying around the embattled chief of staff. Shah also repeatedly declined to get into specifics about how much the White House knew previous year about the allegations against Porter.

"Women's lives are upended every day by sexual violence and harassment".

Over the last few days, two White House staffers have stepped down under a cloud of suspicion involving claims of domestic abuse. The president said he had only "recently" learned of the allegations against his former aide and was surprised.

On Friday, Trump told journalists in the Oval Office he wished Porter "a wonderful career", adding: "He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that".

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But this is not the first time the White House has found itself in the middle of the #MeToo moment.

Porter told him about the possible allegations because he was concerned that what he characterized as false charges from aggrieved women who were out to destroy him could derail his Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, according to one of the two people briefed on the matter.

"Meanwhile the incredible cocoon of privilege and ego with which the President envelopes himself blinds him to the sheer horror of his statements in defense of Mr".

Trump, who was recorded on tape prior to his presidency boasting about sexually assaulting women, has denied allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women, and said he was the victim of a "smear campaign".

Porter's departure, along with Kelly under fire, could deprive the West Wing of some of its steadier hands and anxious some staffers that the sense of order that appeared to have been installed in recent months could evaporate. CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted back: "In point of fact, 2 ex-wives talking on the record to journalists and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and one ex-girlfriend on background, with a photo of a black eye and a police report, is not 'a mere allegation'". Public pressure is one thing, but the White House has often proven itself to be impervious to it, through any number of highly controversial episodes that might have torn apart a previous administration.

"The perception of Kelly as above politics has been critical to his success in the West Wing".

"Well, he denies it", Trump said at the time.


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