President Donald Trump reacted to allegations that his former staff secretary Rob Porter abused two of his ex-wives, lamenting that accusations often amount to the end of one’s career in today’s media environment.
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
Two of Porter’s ex-wives told The Daily Mail he abused them and also included photo evidence.
Rob Porter’s ex-wife tells me he constantly choked her, threw her on the bed and put his body weight on her using a limb, and in 2005, punched her face. Says she didn’t realize how bad the situation was until a counselor told her this was not OK. https://t.co/3Nn82078ZY pic.twitter.com/x6kLYq1pg7
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) February 7, 2018
Porter denied the allegations via White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Wednesday, saying, “These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago. And the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I’ve been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign.”
Trump previously reacted to the Porter story Friday saying, “It was very sad when we heard about it and certainly he is also very sad. He also, as you probably know, says he is innocent and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he is innocent. You will have to talk to him about that.”