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Politics White House: Trump has 'absolute confidence' in John Kelly

18:35  11 february  2018
18:35  11 february  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump still stands by Chief of Staff John Kelly after his handling of abuse allegations against a former aide, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said Sunday. “He has absolute confidence in Gen.

Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Trump “ has absolute confidence in John Kelly .” Kelly “will step aside any time the president doesn’t want him to be there.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump still stands by Chief of Staff John Kelly after his handling of abuse allegations against a former aide, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said Sunday.

"He has absolute confidence in Gen. Kelly" Short said on "Meet The Press."

"Gen. Kelly, in my mind, is an American hero," Short said, adding that Kelly also did not offer his resignation following criticism of his handling over the departure of White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

Porter left the White House last week after news reports that two of his ex-wives accused him of being physically abusive. He has denied the allegations, calling them "simply false" and part of a "coordinated smear campaign."

White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout

  White House scrambles to contain Porter fallout Rob Porter will be out as early as Thursday, a senior White House official said Wednesday night, in another signal the West Wing is scrambling to contain the fallout over his continued employment even though officials were aware of the domestic abuse allegations against him. Porter, a top White House staffer, resigned from his position Wednesday after allegations of domestic abuse were made public by his two ex-wives. Porter has denied their allegations.A top aide to White House chief of staff John Kelly, Porter was initially defended by glowing White House statements in spite of his resignation.

President Donald Trump tweeted this week that he has confidence in White House Chief of Staff John Kelly . But if Trump ’s past comments are any guide, that might mean it’s time for Kelly to start looking for a new job.

According to White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short Trump " has absolute confidence in Gen. But John Kelly has not offered his resignation. John Kelly is doing an outstanding job.” nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/ white wochit.com.

Kelly reportedly indicated he was willing to step down over his handling of the Porter accusations, but he denied to NBC News on Friday that he ever offered that resignation.

"John Kelly knows that he serves at the pleasure of the president," Short said. "And he will step aside anytime the president doesn't want him to be there. But John Kelly has not offered his resignation. John Kelly is doing an outstanding job."

Short also claimed on Sunday that Trump himself has been "shaped" by accusations of misconduct against him when he reacts to news of misconduct by other men.

"I think the president is shaped by a lot of false accusations against him in the past," Short said after watching a video montage of Trump questioning news reports of other accusations against different prominent men in news and politics.

Kelly offers account of Porter exit that some White House aides consider untrue

  Kelly offers account of Porter exit that some White House aides consider untrue Some staffers who attended a Friday meeting left feeling that Chief of Staff John Kelly had effectively asked them to lie on his behalf.During a staff meeting, Kelly told those in attendance to say that he took action to remove Porter within 40 minutes of learning that abuse allegations from two ex-wives were credible, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because discussions in such meetings are supposed to be confidential.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump still stands by Chief of Staff John Kelly after his handling of abuse allegations against a former aide, White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said Sunday. Trump Incorrectly Claimed His State Of The Union Had The Largest Viewership In History.

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on NBC’s "Meet the Press" that Trump “ has absolute confidence in John Kelly .” Kelly “will step aside any time the president doesn’t want him to be there.

"But in talking with President, I think he's sad about what happened with Rob. I think he's very disturbed by it and he's um very disappointed in it. I think he thinks the resignation was appropriate."

In this Jan. 20, 2018, file photo, Marc Short, center, White House director for legislative affairs, talks with reporters at the White House, in Washington.© AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File In this Jan. 20, 2018, file photo, Marc Short, center, White House director for legislative affairs, talks with reporters at the White House, in Washington.

Pence: White House could have better handled Porter situation .
Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said the White House could have done a better job handling the Rob Porter domestic-abuse allegations. Pence said that the Trump administration has "no tolerance for domestic violence," but added that "the White House could have handled this better."The vice president's remarks come as the saga surrounding Porter shows no signs of ending, and after House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) announced his panel would begin an investigation.

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