White House abuse scandal

President Trump is facing a backlash after apparently defending a top aide who stepped down over a series of domestic abuse allegations. ABC's Serena Marshall reports.
2:13 | 02/12/18

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Turning now to president trump under fire for defending a top aide who stepped down over string of domestic violence allegations. The president said it's a tough time for rob Porter then followed up with a tweet about people being falsely accused. Now porter's ex wife is responding ABC's Serena Marshall has more from Washington good morning Serena. And this dang good morning she is firing back at his firing back forcefully riding in a time magazine op Ed piece the president will not diminish my truth as he appears decide. With his staffer over the women who accused him of domestic abuse. It was a tweeted that appeared to question the accusers over the accused the president of raiding people's lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused life and career are gone. As they're no such thing any longer is due process mr. trump now facing backlash this morning for praising and defending former aide rob Porter accused of domestic abuse. We absolutely wish him well. And time magazine porter's second ex wife Jenny Willoughby wrote I was floored. My friend turned to Meehan said the president of the United States just called you a liar. The White House insists Porter misled them and they acted swiftly after seeing these photos of porter's first ex wife Colby Holdren S. But she told ABC news the allegations came up when the FBI interviewed her as part of porter's background check in January 2017. OMB director Mick mall mania on fox suggested the tweet was not about the president's aide. To think that we could be applied to a bunch of different people I wondered if the president was talking about his friend Steve Wynn. Win the former RNC finance chair faces accusations of sexual misconduct by dozens of women and New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand reminding her constituents so does the president it's telling sixty minutes and congress should hold him accountable what. Those accusers have had beer day on your network and and elsewhere for a long time. Well publicly the president continues to defend reporter privately the web site act CEOs is reporting he is called a reporter sick. And said that that image of the lineup with the man he knew but he believes the women. Can this Diane right that Serena Marshall for us live from DC thank Serena.

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