Dem: 'This White House tolerates domestic violence'

Dem: 'This White House tolerates domestic violence'
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Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE for his comments about former White House staff secretary Rob Porter on Friday, saying “this White House tolerates domestic violence.”

“Not a word, not even a thought for the women Porter is accused of physically and verbally abusing,” Beyer tweeted. “Completely unacceptable. This White House tolerates domestic violence”



Trump called reporters to the Oval Office earlier Friday to speak out in defense of Porter, who resigned after his ex-wives went public with allegations of physical and emotional abuse by him.


"We wish him well. He worked very hard. I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well, it's obviously a tough time for him," Trump said. 

"He did a very good job when he was in the White House, and we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him. But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he's also very sad now." 

Porter stepped down Wednesday after the Daily Mail first reported the allegations. White House counsel Don McGahn and chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE are under scrutiny after The Washington Post reported that both men knew about the allegations against Porter for months before they were made public.

Kelly has reportedly instructed White House staff to share a new account about his handling of Porter after the initial news reports, instructing them to say he took "immediate and direct action" after learning the allegations were credible.