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Pence: 'No tolerance' for domestic abuse in Trump administration

Pence: 'No tolerance' for domestic abuse in Trump administration
© Greg Nash

Vice President Pence said Friday that the Trump administration has "no tolerance" for domestic abuse following the resignation of White House staff secretary Rob Porter on Wednesday.

In an interview with NBC News, Pence addressed reports that senior White House officials including chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE knew about allegations of physical and emotional abuse from Porter's two ex-wives for months before a Daily Mail investigation uncovered the claims.

“There's no tolerance in this White House, and no place in America for domestic abuse,” Pence said Friday. “When I return to Washington, D.C., I'm going to look into the matter and I'll share my counsel with the president directly.”

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The vice president is currently leading the U.S. delegation to South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are being held this month in Pyeongchang.

Pence also reiterated a statement made by White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, who said of the Porter situation Thursday that the Trump administration “could have handled it better.”

“We all could have done better over the last few hours, the last few days, in dealing with this ... but the emerging reports were not reflective of the individual we had come to know,” Shah said Thursday.

Pence's comments come after a Washington Post investigation found that White House counsel Don McGahn knew about the allegations concerning Porter as early as January 2017, while Kelly learned last Fall.

“I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society,” Kelly said in a second statement after initially defending Porter.

“I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming chief of staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation,” he continued. “I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition.”