President Donald Trump was sad to see Rob Porter leave the White House. Trump claims that he was not aware of Porter's history of domestic violence allegations. The White House has known about Porter's history of domestic violence allegations for over a year.
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. "We wish him well," Trump told reporters during a hastily arranged photo opportunity in the Oval Office. Trump noted that Porter has denied the allegations of domestic abuse leveled by two of his ex-wives. "He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that," Trump said.
Trump used similar language when he spoke of alleged child molester Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.
President Trump broke with leading Republicans on Tuesday and voiced support for Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers and has seen his campaign’s prospects imperiled.
In his first extensive remarks on the accusations that date back decades, the president cited the vigorous denials by Mr. Moore, who is facing off in a high-stakes special election against Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate. “He totally denies it,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Moore, who has been accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting another teenager.
Trump continued defending Porter in his public remarks.
"I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it," the president said. He later added that "it was very sad when we heard about it. And certainly he's also very sad." Of Porter, Trump said, "It's obviously a tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House and we hope he has a wonderful career."