Conway defends White House aide accused of beating ex-wives

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White House officials fanned out on Sunday with the message that President Donald Trump has confidence in John Kelly, the chief of staff under fire for his handling of spousal abuse allegations against a top aide.

She said the same thing on CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper.

There has been a great deal of talk that Trump could be considering removing Chief of Staff John Kelly, who initially defended Porter, but no serious talk about removing her from office, another sign of her closeness to Trump.

Well, since McEnany brought it up, when Savannah Guthrie first broke the news of Lauer's firing and reacted to the complaint against him, in addition to talking about Lauer she also said she's heartbroken "for the fearless colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell".

Mr. Kelly's job security has come into question over the White House's handling of domestic abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned on Wednesday. Mr.

Spokesman Raj Shah said the White House learned Thursday night about the allegations before being contacted by the media.

Attorneys who specialize in security clearance said Porter should have disclosed the allegations, including the protective order granted to one woman, when he filed his lengthy national security application.

CNN reported Friday that when staff has discussed what a 'post-Kelly world looks like, ' Mulvaney's name would often come up because he 'doesn't have enemies'.

"I have no reason not to believe the women", Ms. Conway said.

Both of Porter's ex-wives have detailed the nature of the abuse they said they suffered at Porter's hands and said they informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In the midst of the upheaval, the president tweeted, "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation".

Trump has not mentioned anything about the women in either case.

The chief of staff added that the decision was made before photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye were published.

Mulvaney said Trump and Kelly were saddened by the accusations against Porter.

"What the president is pointing out is that, all the while - and Sarah said this from the podium too, read a statement from Rob Porter - that he is denying these 'vile allegations, ' but that he doesn't want to further engage in this orchestrated public smear campaign", she said.

More than a dozen women have accused of Trump of groping and other misdeeds. during the 2016 election campaign, a tape emerged of him bragging about grabbing women by the genitals.

Guthrie also said the reckoning happening at workplaces as a result of this kind of behavior is "long overdue". It's obviously a very tough time for him.

Budget director Mick Mulvaney blamed talk of a Kelly ouster on people disgruntled because they lost access to the Republican president after Kelly became chief of staff in July during a White House shakeup. In a Senate race in Alabama a year ago, who was accused of child molestation. one of Moore's accusers at a rally days before the election.

Many, including Trump ally and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, are demanding details on what Kelly knew when.

Conway said in her appearances that Trump wasn't considering replacements for Kelly, and that his job was safe.