Pence Expresses 'Great Confidence' in John Kelly Amid Rob Porter Scandal
Vice President Mike Pence stood by embattled White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, saying the former Marine general has done a "remarkable job."
Pence, however, also acknowledged the Rob Porter allegations could have been handled better by the White House.
Kelly has come under fire over the past week for his handling of the allegations against Porter, who resigned after his two ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence.
"The White House could have handled this better," Pence told Mike Allen of Axios, emphasizing that the administration has "no tolerance for domestic violence."
There have been questions about when the allegations against Porter were known, with some suggesting a cover-up took place and calling for Kelly to be fired.
Citing Kelly's "distinguished service" in the military, as head of the Department of Homeland Security and in his current role, Pence said he and Trump have "great confidence in this good man."
"John Kelly has done a remarkable job as chief of staff. ... I look forward to continuing to work with him for many, many months to come."
The pressure on Kelly ramped up on Tuesday when FBI Director Christoper Wray testified before the Senate that a full background check on Porter was sent to the White House last summer.
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