Kayleigh McEnany, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, delivered a firm denouncement of domestic violence on Saturday as the White House faces criticism over its handling of abuse allegations against a former aide.
"My heart goes out to any victim of domestic violence. It's unacceptable, it's inexcusable, and it's important to stand with women," McEnany said on MSNBC.
Rob Porter, a former White House staff secretary, resigned Wednesday after allegations that he physically and emotionally abused two former wives surfaced in media reports. A photo also circulated of one of his accusers with a black eye that she says Porter gave her. Porter has denied the allegations.
"All of these claims have to be vetted. Of course, Rob Porter's denying them, so at this point it's a dispute better handled for a court of law," McEnany said Saturday. "But my heart goes out to any victim of that, and we stand with women, our party does."
The White House faced intense scrutiny over the allegations against Porter after media reports indicated that some senior White House officials, including chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, knew about the women's claims for months.
It was also revealed that Porter had never been granted a full security clearance because of the allegations, even though he served in a position that required him to handle classified material.
Another White House aide, speechwriter David Sorensen, resigned Friday after his ex-wife claimed he was violent and emotionally abusive during their marriage. Sorensen has denied close allegations, as well.
President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE reportedly learned about the allegations against Porter this week. But on Saturday, he appeared to question the allegations, raising concern about what he called a lack of "Due Process."
"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new," he tweeted. "There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"