Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Tone deaf? Trump warns 'mere' abuse allegation can shatter lives

Tone deaf? Trump warns 'mere' abuse allegation can shatter lives

"Peoples [sic] lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", Trump tweeted Saturday.

"Some are true and some are false", he tweeted. "Some are old and some are new", he tweeted. "There is no recovery for someone falsely accused".

The sympathetic response made no mention of accusers or victims of sexual harassment or abuse, or the professional or personal harm that can come to those - usually women - who come forward.

Mr Trump is reportedly upset with both Gen. Kelly and communications director Hope Hicks, who reportedly helped draft the chief of staff's message supporting Mr Porter - the man she is now in a relationship with.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump is under fire after again seeming to side with his staff who have been accused of domestic violence.

Another White House aide, speechwriter David Sorensen, resigned on Friday after his ex-wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive during their marriage.

Until hours before the Harvard graduate left his post, the White House was praising him as an upstanding and integral member of staff.

The president also didn't specify whether he was referring to domestic abuse claims or more broadly to other allegations, such as the sexual harassment and sexual misconduct accusations that have surfaced against many powerful men in Hollywood, media and politics amid the #MeToo movement.

The prior year - in 2016 - Trump defended then-Fox News boss Roger Ailes. Ailes denied the allegations. Staff secretary Rob Porter resigned Wednesday, after denying accusations by his two ex-wives, calling the charges "outrageous" and "simply false". "But when the staff draws scrutiny to him, he does not appreciate that", said one of the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity. "And now, all of a sudden, they're saying these frightful things about him", Trump said. Look what he's done.

'She always wanted to move to DC so I can imagine she felt very jealous and scorned when I took a dream job and moved there soon after filing for divorce'.

The Washington Post first reported Sorensen's resignation Friday evening, and reported that his ex-wife alleged that "he ran a auto over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine's coast, an incident she said left her fearing for her life". Strangers complimented him to me every time we went out.

Trump was elected promising to bring "the best people" with him to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

Deputy White House spokesman Raj Shah said the White House only learnt late on Thursday about allegations against Mr Sorensen.

Trump was asked about the Porter case on Friday and told reporters "it was very sad when we heard about it". He praised Porter's "very good job" and wished him a "wonderful career".

The president has offered similar defenses in the past, such as after former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was accused of having inappropriate relationships with underage girls.

Sorensen denied the allegations in a lengthy statement released Friday night to CNN and other media. "He says it didn't happen". Trump said of Democrats last week during a campaign-style rally in Cincinnati.

Of course, Trump being Trump, he eventually got in on the act himself, with a typically tone-deaf comment that expressed zero concern for Porter's ex-wives and an excess of solicitude for their abuser. "When you're a star they let you do it", Trump said on the 2005 recording.

Both Holderness and Willoughby spoke of how Porter's abuse shattered their confidence and manipulated their emotions, making the women feel powerless.

"There's no tolerance in this White House, and no place in America for domestic abuse", Pence said in an interview with Lester Holt.

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