Second White House aide resigns amid past abuse allegations

A second White House official has abruptly resigned following allegations of past domestic abuse.

The Washington Post reports that White House speechwriter David Sorensen has resigned after his former wife claimed he was violent and emotionally abusive during their marriage.

Sorensen has denied the allegations, asserting that he was the abuse victim in the relationship, according to the Post.

“Before we were contacted by the media, we learned last night that there were allegations. We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today,” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement reported by a Fox News producer.


Sorensen, a former adviser to Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), joined the Trump administration last year. 

His reported departure comes two days after another aide to President Trump, Rob Porter, resigned as White House staff secretary after his two ex-wives came forward with allegations that he abused them physically and emotionally during their marriages.

Porter left after images of his first wife’s bruised face emerged online. The former staffer called the claims first made public in media reports Tuesday “vile” and denied them.

Updated: 8:18 p.m.

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