Aide: Trump 'is shaped by a lot of false accusations against him'

White House legislative director Marc Short said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE has been shaped by false accusations against him, which have affected his reactions to accusers in abuse and misconduct cases. 

"I think the president is shaped by a lot of false accusations against him in the past," Short told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press." 

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The White House faced intense backlash last week after two of staff secretary Rob Porter's ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse, leading to his resignation. 

Chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE reportedly knew for months that Porter had not obtained a full security clearance due to the allegations.

The president tweeted Saturday that "lives are being shattered ... by a mere allegation." 

 

 

Short, however, said Sunday that Trump is disturbed by the allegations.

"In talking to the president, I think he's saddened about what happened with Rob. I think he's disturbed by it and he's very disappointed in it, and I think he believes the resignation was appropriate," he said.