Trump 'saddened' by Porter allegations

Trump 'saddened' by Porter allegations
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE was "saddened" by the domestic violence allegations against his former staff secretary Rob Porter, a top spokesman said Thursday

Porter left the White House on Wednesday, after multiple reports detailed abuse allegations by both of his ex-wives. The allegations surfaced during Porter's FBI background check. 
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters on Thursday that the president was not aware of those allegations until reports first surfaced Tuesday night. 
"He was surprised. He, like many of us, did not see that in Rob Porter, did not see what those allegations have brought forward," Shah said. 
"He was surprised by it, disheartened by it, saddened by it." 
Porter had been working on a temporary security clearance while the FBI finished his background check, which included considering those allegations. The White House initially heaped praise on their colleague, who denied the allegations in a statement. But the language changed Wednesday night after Porter announced his resignation.