White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement Wednesday in support of newly-resigned presidential aide Rob Porter who left his post amid allegations that he physically assaulted two of his ex-wives.
“Rob Porter has been effective in his role as Staff Secretary,” the statement read. “The President and Chief of Staff [John Kelly]have full confidence in his abilities and his performance.”
WH press sec Sarah Sanders out with a statement *supporting* top WH aide Rob Porter, who just resigned amid reports he punched, kicked and choked two of his ex-wives. Via pool. pic.twitter.com/VrA09WDglJ
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) February 7, 2018
Sanders’ statement was released after Vanity Fair reported that Kelly went to bat for Porter in spite of the assault allegations against him.
“It’s beyond disbelief,” a former White House official told Vanity Fair. “Everyone is trying to figure out why Kelly is leading the charge to save him.”
The chief of staff also issued a statement of his own in defense of the disgraced aide, calling him a “a man of true integrity and honor” and a “trusted professional.”
“How many times has Kelly put out a statement defending Trump?” a Republican interviewed by Vanity Fair mused.