The Newest: Trump says 'mere allegation' can shatter lives

Shocking that this White House would defend an abuser

John Podesta: Trump White House has made Rob Porter controversy 'worse almost every day'

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

"People's lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", Trump tweeted.

He says "some are true and some are false" but says there's "no recovery for someone falsely accused". Some are old some are new.

President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he believes is a lack of due process for "someone falsely accused". "Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"

Porter has denied the allegations.

"I spoke with the president last night about this very issue, and he wanted me to re-emphasize to everyone, including this morning, that he has full confidence in his current Chief of Staff General John Kelly and that he is not actively looking for replacements", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview on ABC's "This Week". But Trump has not always been concerned about making sure that people accused of wrongdoing get a fair hearing.

Those would-be candidates include House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows.

Kelly has indicated he would step aside if he lost the faith of the president. "He said he didn't meddle", he told reporters after meeting with Putin. Still, the White House and Kelly stood by him, with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insisting he hadn't been pushed out.

Mr Trump continued to defend Mr Porter on Friday as criticism mounted of his chief of staff, John Kelly, over his handling of the allegations. But in the case of Porter, it was Kelly's management of the staff that is in question. Sorensen worked for the Council on Environmental Quality, which is part of the Executive Office of the President.

It wasn't until the uproar over the allegations grew and more details surfaced that Porter resigned and Kelly put out a second statement expressing concern about the allegations.

David Sorensen resigned after his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, told the Washington Post that she had informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation last autumn that Mr Sorensen had physically and emotionally abused her during their two-and-a-half year marriage. "He did a very good job while he was in the White House".

"Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Friday.

It was a rare moment in the spotlight for Hicks, Trump's longest-serving aide who is usually content to remain in the background.

It is alleged that the former White House staff secretary gave one ex-wife a black eye while another filed a restraining order. "And literally that was it". Shah characterized the departure as a resignation, however, rather than a firing. Any mention of victims - especially his own accusers - was glaringly absent from his tweet, which is definitely concerning.

Speier, who praised the bipartisan effort to act quickly on sexual harassment, said she's disappointed her Republican colleagues haven't spoken out against Trump's comments.

Reeling from the downfall of a senior aide, the White House was on the defensive Sunday, attempting to soften President Donald Trump's comments about the mistreatment of women while rallying around the embattled chief of staff.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short made similar arguments on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, after host Chuck Todd showed a highlights reel of Trump suggesting numerous allegations of sexual abuse and physical assault by powerful men against women were false. "I'm going to keep standing with them, and trusting them, even if the President won't", the Washington senator tweeted, along with a subtweet of Trump's original message.

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