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Politics Pence: White House could have better handled Porter situation

20:45  14 february  2018
20:45  14 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Porter ex-wife: 'If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will'

  Porter ex-wife: 'If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will' One of the ex-wives of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter said that if he hasn't been abusive during his relationship with communications director Hope Hicks, he soon would be.Jennie Willoughby, who was married to Porter for four years until 2013, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that she was worried for Hicks.

Pence said that the Trump administration has “no tolerance for domestic violence,” but added that “the White House could have handled this better .” Kelly has said he would not have handled the Porter situation any differently.

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the White House could have handled the Rob Porter situation better , doubling down on comments he made last week about the ex- White House staff secretary who resigned over domestic abuse allegations.

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Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said the White House could have done a better job handling the Rob Porter domestic-abuse allegations.

Pence said that the Trump administration has "no tolerance for domestic violence," but added that "the White House could have handled this better."

The vice president's remarks come as the saga surrounding Porter shows no signs of ending, and after House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced his panel would begin an investigation.

The White House itself has said it could have handled the situation better, though President Trump has offered no public remarks suggesting he agrees with that sentiment.

Rob Porter claimed ex-wife's black eye was due to a fall: report

  Rob Porter claimed ex-wife's black eye was due to a fall: report Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter reportedly blamed his ex-wife's black eye on a fall while defending himself against abuse allegations in an off-the-record meeting with four journalists last week.According to a Politico report on Tuesday, Porter told The New York Times's Maggie Haberman, The Washington P ost's Josh Dawsey, Axios's Jonathan Swan and The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender that his ex-wife Colbie Holderness had fallen during a vacation in Florence and bruised her eye.

Vice President Mike Pence admitted that the White House ’s handling of the Rob Porter situation could have gone better , during a Wednesday interview with Axios. Pence reiterated that the Trump administration does not tolerate domestic violence

Vice President Mike Pence conceded in a Wednesday interview that the White House could have handled the situation with White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and allegations of domestic abuse against him “ better .”

Porter resigned as staff secretary last week after two of his ex-wives publicly accused him of domestic abuse. The FBI had completed a background check investigation in July, but Porter remained working at the White House until last week.

The White House has offered different explanations for how Porter remained at the White House, and chief of staff John Kelly has come under heavy criticism - including from prominent supporters of President Trump.

Pence offered a note of confidence for Kelly.

"John Kelly has done a remarkable job as chief of staff for the president of the United States and I look forward to working with him for many, many months to come," Pence said at an event sponsored by Axios.

The vice president said he would offer more advice on the matter privately to Trump.

Pence, however, dodged when asked if Kelly has been completely honest in explaining how the White House handled the allegations against Porter.

"There are very few Americans or American families that have served this country more honorably nor sacrificed more than the family of John Kelly," he said.

Kelly has said he would not have handled the Porter situation any differently.

"It was all done right," he told The Wall Street Journal on Monday.

Rob Porter ex-wife: I told FBI about the abuse .
Jennifer Willoughby, the second ex-wife of White House staff secretary Rob Porter, told NBC News Thursday that she informed the FBI during his background interview for a top-level security clearance that he was abusive toward her."During the FBI background interview for security clearance, I shared with the FBI all of the details that I shared in previous articles, including access to a protective order from June of 2010, and police calls that I had made to our home," she told NBC News' Kristen Welker.

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