Second WH aide resigns after abuse accusations

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On Friday night, The Washington Post first reported another White House aide, David Sorensen, resigned after his ex-wife accused him of abuse, including running over her foot with a vehicle.

Former White House secretary Rob Porter resigned when his two ex-wives came forward, accusing him of abuse.

Trump praised Rob Porter's work as White House staff secretary and said he hopes the former aide goes on to a successful career elsewhere.

Critics say the president's chief of staff, John Kelly, has badly mishandled the matter and that his future at the White House hangs by a thread.

CNN reported Wednesday that Kelly was aware in the fall of previous year that Porter was having trouble obtaining his security clearance and that his ex-wives claimed he had abused them.

And on Friday, White House speechwriter David Sorensen quit after his ex-wife went public with allegations that included, among other things, that he once ran over her foot with a vehicle and stubbed out a cigarette on her hand.

"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.

The White House response serves as a high-profile illustration of the obstacles many women face in speaking out about their abuse. "Porter despite the fact that he could not get a security clearance and that you were aware of the specific domestic violence allegations made against him", it continues.

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More trouble in the White House this week with how appointees of Donald Trump treat their spouses. "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent, so you'll have to talk to him about that". He did a good job while he was in the White House, ' Trump said, before wishing him a 'wonderful career'.

Ex-wife Jessica Corbett has alleged domestic abuse. She also appeared on ABC's "This Week", where she seemed to validate Trump's Friday remarks noting that Porter "says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that".

Indeed, a third White House chief of staff in just over a year, along with the quick turnover of other officials, would only fuel perceptions of mismanagement by the Trump Administration. But within 24 hours, as images emerged of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye and questions were raised about what Chief of Staff John Kelly knew about the allegations and when, Porter resigned.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is attending the Olympics in South Korea, tried to distance himself from the issue, but also stressed in an NBC interview that "there is no tolerance in this White House , no place in America for domestic abuse".

Trump is not doing he or the White House any favors.

"Well, he denies it", Trump said at the time.

"She told me she was a little nervous about what to tell them", he said.