Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Trump's White House stands firm against winds of change

Trump's White House stands firm against winds of change

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to lament that "lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation" in the wake of the resignations of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter and speechwriter David Sorensen following allegations of domestic abuse.

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".

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday suggested that women would not work at the White House if they were not respected and valued as equals.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House learnt about the accusations against Sorensen Thursday night. That has added to Trump's frustrations about the chief of staff's attempts to control him and Kelly's recent inflammatory comments about immigrants, according to two people who speak to the president regularly but are not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

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At a senior staff meeting on Friday, Kelly tried to push his own timeline concerning Porter.

That represents a sharp break with past practice, in which White House counsels undertook elaborate vetting of senior advisers before they were hired - and looked into any serious allegations that surfaced thereafter. Hicks should have recused herself from any involvement in The White House response to the Porter scandal. "Porter despite the fact he could not get a security clearance and that you were aware of the specific domestic violence allegations made against him".

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE after Trump defended a former aide who was accused of domestic violence. You think that maybe someone would have mentioned it to me.

"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".

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The infighting unfolded amid signs of a brewing shake-up in the West Wing.

Those efforts appear to have succeeded for months, at least in part because of the willingness of a virtually all-male staff in the top echelons of the West Wing to believe a talented male colleague over women they had never met. Among them was Roy Moore, the former Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, who is accused of molesting teenage girls.

Until hours before the Harvard graduate left his post, the White House was praising him as an upstanding and integral member of staff.

The US administration's reluctance to give credence to the alleged victims of gender violence puts it at odds with the tenets of the #metoo movement now sweeping through Western societies. He defended him and attacked the women who made the allegations, He said they were complaining and saying frightful things about someone who had helped them.

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