Trump 2020 Campaign Chief Slams ‘Fake News’ Report Saying He Hired Rob Porter

Brad Parscale, the campaign manager for President Trump‘s re-election campaign, is pushing back against a report stating that he gave Rob Porter a new job. Earlier today, the Daily Mail reported that Parscale brought Porter on board shortly after the former White House aide was ousted during his domestic abuse scandal. A source told Daily Mail that “Trump felt badly about Porter’s ouster and the way it played out,” and the president wanted Parscale to put Porter on his payroll as a secret favor to him. Multiple Trump campaign staffers are denying the story, not the least of which is Parscale himself:

Trump Reportedly Hopes Rob Porter Will Come Back to the White House

A new report indicates that Donald Trump has stayed in contact with Rob Porter over the last few months, and now the president wants his former aide back in the White House. Porter left the Trump Administration last month amid allegations from multiple women that he was physical and emotionally abusive towards them. Porter was a close colleague of chief of staff John Kelly, and there have been a lot of questions about whether the White House was aware of the troubling claims against Porter while he was handling classified documents without fully-realized security clearance. According to The New York Times, Trump has been telling advisers that he hopes Porter will return to the West Wing. Trump and Porter reportedly conversed about several issues that have drawn the president’s attention in the last few weeks, and Trump views aides getting criticism as “extensions of himself.” Trump also reportedly Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Hopes Rob Porter Will Come Back to the White House"

NYT: Trump Vented About John Kelly’s Handling of Rob Porter With Language ‘Unfit for Publication’

A new report this afternoon in the New York Times on President Trump and this seemingly unending White House purge confirms that said purge isn’t over yet. Per the Times, more people may be gone as soon as tomorrow, with Trump considering replacing: John Kelly, H.R. McMaster, Ben Carson, and VA Sec. David Shulkin. The report goes through the President’s frustrations at some of these individuals, and apparently he likes spitballing ideas on who he could get rid of:
Mr. Trump has a long habit of musing about staff changes that he doesn’t enact. He does his own version of poll-testing different possibilities, asking aides what they think of one another and asking outside friends and top advisers whether different people would be better in specific jobs, but he often drops the topic without acting.
However, there’s one particular item of note in here concerning Continue reading "NYT: Trump Vented About John Kelly’s Handling of Rob Porter With Language ‘Unfit for Publication’"

Jared Kushner Reportedly ‘Resisting’ Giving Up His High-Level Access in Struggle With John Kelly

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is reportedly in a power struggle with chief of staff John Kelly, as he pushes back on requests to cut off his access to classified information. The dispute, as reported by the New York Times, was instigated after questions regarding who should have access to classified documents were raised after the administration’s fiasco with ex-staff secretary and alleged domestic abuser Rob Porter. Kushner is one of the many officials in the White House currently working with interim security clearances, as the FBI has had background check problems with Donald Trump’s son-in-law and others. With Kushner’s current level of clearance, he can obtain classed materials like intelligence briefings and other info designed for the president’s eyes. Times reporters Julie Davis and Maggie Haberman report that Kelly’s issue with Kushner having access to such info is heightened due to the hit the chief of staff Continue reading "Jared Kushner Reportedly ‘Resisting’ Giving Up His High-Level Access in Struggle With John Kelly"

Rob Porter’s Ex-Wives Reportedly Got Apology from Orrin Hatch Over Initial Defensive Statement

Senator Orrin Hatch has reportedly apologized to Rob Porter‘s ex-wives to his initial statements defending the ex-White House aide. Porter used to work for Hatch, and in the days following the revelations of domestic abuse allegations against Porter, Hatch issued multiple statements. His first statement defended Porter from the “vile attack” against him. His second statement walked back the first and made it clear he thinks domestic violence is abhorrent. After that, he said he hoped Porter reconsiders and stays in his position. And following THAT, he said that it’s better that he resigned, adding that while he doesn’t take “all” of the allegations seriously, there’s enough there to be a serious problem. Well, both Colbie Holderness and Jennie Willoughby have now apparently received letters of apology from Hatch. Per CNN:
“It was a sincere apology for pain he may have caused us,” Jennie Willoughby, Porter’s second ex-wife, told Continue reading "Rob Porter’s Ex-Wives Reportedly Got Apology from Orrin Hatch Over Initial Defensive Statement"

After Porter Scandal, Kelly Sends Out Memo Announcing Changes to Security Clearance Process

Chief of Staff John Kelly has proposed a number of sweeping changes to how the President Donald Trump White House secures security clearances, in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal, in which the aide is alleged to have abused two of his ex-wives. The proposed changes, obtained by The Washington Post, came with a memo from Kelly himself, in which seemingly addressed the controversy, which led to an investigation that discovered over 130 White House officials did not have full security clearance. “We should — and in the future, must — do better,” he wrote. “But recent events have exposed some remaining shortcomings.” The document, titled “Improvements to the clearance process,” is addressed to White House Counsel Don McGahn and outlines a number of key proposals, including a suggestion that flagged candidates immediately be run up the totem pole. “Going forward, all [background investigations] of potential Commissioned Officers should Continue reading "After Porter Scandal, Kelly Sends Out Memo Announcing Changes to Security Clearance Process"

Trump Finally Speaks Against Abuse: ‘I Am Totally Opposed to Domestic Violence… Everyone Knows That’

More than a week after Rob Porter resigned from the White House, President Trump has finally offered a statement with his thoughts on domestic violence. Trump allowed the White House press corps to attend his latest meeting in the Oval Office, and as the press was dismissed from the room, reporters shouted questions at him over the abuse scandal surrounding Porter and Chief of Staff John Kelly. Trump has declined to say anything publicly about the scandal in the last few days (despite multiple on-camera opportunities), but today, he said this:
“I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind, and everybody here knows that. I’m totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that. And it almost wouldn’t even have to be said. So, now you hear it, but you all know it.”
Trump did not explicitly express support for the women claiming to have Continue reading "Trump Finally Speaks Against Abuse: ‘I Am Totally Opposed to Domestic Violence… Everyone Knows That’"