Washington, Feb 10: A second White House staffer has resigned over domestic abuse claims. Speechwriter David Sorensen resigned on Friday after the White House learned of the allegations against him. However, he has denied the allegations.Also Read - Judge rejects Donald Trump’s Lawsuit Challenging His Permanent Ban from Twitter
The news was confirmed by Spokesman Raj Shah. As per reports, Sorensen’s ex-wife claimed he was violent and emotionally abusive during their short-lived marriage. Also Read - US Seeks to Downplay Role in Sinking of Russian Warship
The development comes a few days after White House Staff Secretary Rob Portman, a close aide of US President Donald Trump, resigned a day after a UK-based newspaper published allegations of his two ex-wives, one of whom released a photo of herself with a black eye, accusing him of domestic violence. He, too, denied the allegations. Also Read - US Provided Intelligence That Helped Ukraine Sink Moskva, Russia's Flagship Black Sea Missile Cruiser: Report
“These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described,” Portman said.
“I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign,” he said in a statement.
“My commitment to public service speaks for itself.
I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump Administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House,” he said.
Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump, who has himself been accused of sexual harassment or assault by two dozen women, fueled the scandal by praising Porter and suggesting he had a bright future. “We certainly wish him well, and it’s a tough time for him,” Trump said in the Oval Office.
“He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career and he will have a great career ahead of him.” He added, “As you probably know, he says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that.”
Trump’s statement has sparked a sharp rebuke from Democrats like Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who slammed the White House’s “culture of misogyny.”