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International News
Top Trump aide to leave after battery allegations
 
(Feb 8, 2018): 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.

Kelly in a statement said he was "shocked" by the allegations, saying "there is no place for domestic violence in our society."

"I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation," he said.

"I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition."

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."(AFP)


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Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign, says his son after court setback
Ceasefire for key Yemen port agreed at peace talks: UN
Britain's May sees no 'immediate breakthrough' at EU
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May tours Europe in desperate bid to save Brexit deal
Trump's potential next chief of staff pick leaving White House
UK PM faces fight for her political life in Brexit deal
Iran arrests 10 over suicide attack on police
Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes
Merkel gets boost with ally's party win
Rouhani warns weakened Iran less able to fight trafficking
Trump may nominate Heather Nauert as UN Ambassador: Reports
Qatar injects more cash into Gaza for Hamas employees
Singer Mika Singh Detained in Dubai for Sending Obscene Messages to 17-year-old: Reports
Conditions Met for Assange to Leave Embassy in London, Says Ecuador President
Pakistan slashes non-salary budget by 10%
Moscow dismisses 'groundless' US claim Russia breaching arms treaty
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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
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NATIONAL NEWS
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 (New Delhi, Dec 14, 2018):Hours after the Supreme Court's clean chit to the government on the
Author Amitav Ghosh Honoured With 54th Jnanpith Award
Poll results prove Ram Temple or communal polarisation doesn't cut ice with people: Sinha
Ashok Gehlot appeals to Cong workers in Raj to maintain peace
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