"It should be able to focus on President [Donald] Trump's historic achievements for the American people", Sorensen claimed. It's all she has left. The F.B.I., she said, stood for "Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity".
One of the ex-wives had secured a barring order against Mr Porter in 2010. Could Kelly see what it would have meant, for the women's reputations, if the White House signed on to that characterization?
Trump paid tribute to him, saying: "We found out about it recently and I was surprised by it, but we certainly wish him well and it's a tough time for him".
Holt did not press Pence in a teaser of the interview on his role in Porter's hiring.
A photo of Holderness with a black eye also came to light, leaving many wondering why Porter remained in his high-profile post, who knew about the accusations and when were they made aware.
Trump ramped up his defense Saturday when he tweeted that lives are being destroyed by a "mere allegation" and questioned whether there is still due process. Casino mogul Steve Wynn, a prominent Republican donor and Trump friend, is among the latest powerful men to lose their jobs over such allegations.
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Maybe she hardly gained anything, but whatever she has done a great job of taking it off already since she just had her daughter. She didn't admit to it at all and instead, she just stayed in hiding and even avoided doing the family Christmas pictures.
Communications Director Hope Hicks, who was dating the staff secretary, helped draft the original statements defending him, according to three current and former White House officials.
He made no mention of the ex-wives or the alleged domestic abuse.
Political advisors say Trump is inviting any more trouble by taking on the "Me, too" movement that has put widespread sexual abuse by powerful men on notice. But it might not look to good when she gives roses to guys accused of domestic abuse and who say you should just grab women by the crotch. The fact that the White House did not consider Porter's past disqualifying says a lot about the boy's club mentality that prevails in the West Wing.
Porter resigned Wednesday, and that evening, Kelly issued a second statement, in which he said he was "shocked by the new allegations", adding "there is no place for domestic violence in our society".
The controversy continued on the back of a dramatic 24 hours which saw the United States government shut down overnight on Thursday, after Republican senator Rand Paul delayed a key Senate vote on a budget Bill created to keep the government open. Conway said people "should look at the result of how this (was) handled".
The glowing praise of a staff member accused of serial violence against women was in line with the president's own denials of sexual impropriety despite accusations from more than a dozen women and his habit of accepting claims of innocence from men facing similar allegations. "Is there any other crime - and it's a crime -where there would be an explanation that the reason why we shouldn't pay attention to the transgression is because they're good at something?"