President Donald Trump finally broke his silence to explicitly denounce home violence within the wake of allegations that a prime White Home aide had abused two former wives. Chief of employees John Kelly, underneath hearth for mishandling the matter, stayed largely out of sight, his future unsure and the White Home in tumult.
The chaos surrounding the departure of aide Rob Porter put a harsh highlight on Kelly, the retired basic who was introduced on final summer time to instill army-like self-discipline within the free-wheeling West Wing. Questions continued about what and when Kelly knew concerning the abuse allegations towards Porter, who resigned as employees secretary final week after the accusations turned public.
West Wing aides have had their religion within the chief of employees shaken, and morale has plunged to ranges not seen since final spring’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the August uproar over Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacists after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This White Home scandal erupted initially with out the president’s involvement. However Trump fed the fury final week when he defended Porter and questioned the #MeToo motion that sprang up in current months to protest the mistreatment of many ladies.
In Trump’s first feedback after Porter resigned, he praised his former aide. Subsequent, he appeared to forged doubt on the ex-wives’ allegations by tweeting: “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”