Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly told Trump that he’s willing to resign due to the way he handled the domestic abuse allegations against Rob Porter.
Porter is a former White House staff secretary who was accused of domestic abuse with photographic evidence.
According to sources close to Trump and the Chief of Staff, Kelly has “made it clear” that he’s willing to resign.
The news of Kelly’s willingness to step down came hours after reports of Trump was looking for replacements for Kelly. Trump was apparently frustrated with the way Kelly handled abuse allegations.
However, the White House is pushing back and provided a statement that Kelly “has not offered to resign.”
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The statement by White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley read, “General Kelly has not offered his resignation to the President.”
Kelly has been under fire for his recent statements regarding Porter’s scandal.
When the news first broke that Porter was accused of domestic abuse, Kelly defended Porter, calling him a “man of true integrity and honor.”
However, after Porter offered his resignation on Wednesday, Kelly backtracked his initial defense and released a statement that said he was “shocked” by Porter’s allegations.
Kelly’s statement read, “I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society.”
According to multiple sources, Kelly and other senior members of the Trump administration knew about Porter’s abuse but they still kept Porter as a staff member. Porter was also kept as a staff without a full security clearance because of the accusations and the protective order he had from one of his ex-wives.
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