Resigned staffers' lives 'destroyed,' says Trump

2 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington DC

2 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington DC

"The president didn't waive security clearances", Short told NBC's "Meet the Press".

"Does John Kelly have to go?"

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week that Trump has "full confidence" in both Kelly and White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, who is reportedly dating Porter and helped draft a statement initially defending him. Kelly was aware of the allegations well before they were publicly disclosed.

Sorensen's resignation came on the heels of separate domestic abuse allegations against former White House staff Secretary Rob Porter from two of his ex-wives.

The Post interviewed Sorensen's ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, who said he had been physically and verbally abusive. He defended the speed at which Porter was dispatched from the White House, claiming that as soon as it was proven that Rob Porter was wrong and "not telling the truth, when the photos came out on Wednesday, he was gone nearly immediately". Kelly faced the brunt of his criticism due to his defense of Porter after his knowledge of the allegations were made known. One of his former wives gave a photo of her black eye, the injury she got because of the abuse.

There are now calls for Chief of Staff John Kelly, who allegedly knew about Porter's problems, to be investigated as well.

Meanwhile the President's former chief of staff is also calling out the mainstream media, claiming its reports surrounding General Kelly are false. "...they provide somebody an interim security clearance, that means that they've done an initial vet and say, this person is okay, there are some mitigating circumstances we're going to continue to investigate".

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation", Trump said in a tweet, after Staff Secretary Rob Porter and speech writer David Sorensen resigned this week. "Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?", he wrote on Saturday.

Trump's comments fly in the face of a national movement that has swept the nation-from Hollywood to corporate America-encouraging women to come forward with their accounts of sexual violence.

Over the past two years, more than a dozen women have accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances against them.

The fact that these two men were welcomed to stay in a White House run by Donald Trump should be surprising to no one.

In a statement to the paper, Mr Sorensen said he was "the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her".