Praise from Trump for ‘abuser’
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has praised a former aide who resigned this week amid allegations of domestic abuse.
In his first comments on the matter, Mr Trump wished former staff secretary Rob Porter well, but failed to mention his ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby.
Ms Holderness produced a photo of a black eye she says Mr Porter gave her and Ms Willoughby filed a restraining order against him.
Mr Porter, now in a relationship with White House communications director Hope Hicks who is close to Mr Trump, has failed to get security clearance from the FBI for the past year, despite working closely with the President.
“We wish him well,” Mr Trump said.
“He worked very hard. 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. He also, as your probably know, says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that.”
Ms Willoughby said she has genuine fears for Ms Hicks. “If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope – he will,” she said.