Praise from Trump for ‘abuser’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.

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