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Kelly also drew Trump's ire last month when he seemed to suggest that the president was flip-flopping on his call for a border wall. He was upset when shown reports of the abuse, which first emerged on Tuesday.

Despite his resignation, Sanders said Porter's exit will not happen immediately, and he will stay on to ensure a smooth transition moving forward.

Apparently Porter's importance in the Trump White House was not hindered by the allegations of abuse his ex-wives made against him.

She told how Porter, 40, once dragged her wet and naked out of the shower and was verbally abusive, calling her a f***ing b***h' on their honeymoon. Politico reported that "Kelly had been aware of the 2010 protective order, which prevented Porter from getting a full security clearance". No action was taken to remove him from the staff. For instance, it's Porter who screens all the information that gets to Trump's desk. Kelly, along with Porter, helped organize the West Wing's policy and decision-making process and infused the staff with a clearer sense of goal, officials said. There was no one else beside a credibly accused domestic abuser who Kelly could have found for the very hard job of keeping Alex Jones transcripts off POTUS's desk? "I am proud to serve alongside him", Kelly said in a statement sent out earlier Wednesday.

Porter has denied the allegations, and the Trump White House has continued to issue its support for the former staffer and praise his character.

Here's the full statement: "I am heartbroken by today's allegations".

Porter's resignation hijacked at least some of the press briefing's focus even as Senate leaders had just announced a budget agreement that would raise caps on military and domestic spending but that did not address either the funding of a border wall or DACA.

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In a statement to the Daily Mail, Porter said that the allegations were "simply false". "I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign", Porter said.

Because of his connection to Trump, the White House hoped to fight the charges and keep Porter.

The Mail had previously reported that Porter was dating controversial White House staffer Hope Hicks. "He is a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional".

Kelly, who wrote glowing statements about Porter in his initial response to the accusations, later backtracked because he had not seen the latest report that included photographs of one of the women with a black eye, according to CNN's Jim Acosta.

"I can't say enough good things about him", Kelly said. The President was impressed by Porter's educational credentials - including degrees from Harvard and Oxford - a person familiar with the matter said.

However, an aide to Hatch said the statement was drafted before the first article came out and Hatch didn't know all the details. But Porter resigned anyway, over Kelly's objections.


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