'This Is an Outrage': Harf Blasts White House's Handling of Rob Porter Accusations
Fox News contributor Marie Harf said the White House needs to have a "serious discussion" after the resignation of staff secretary Rob Porter, who stepped down after his two ex-wives came forward with allegations of domestic violence.
Porter's departure and the White House's handling of the allegations have dogged the West Wing this week. Chief of Staff John Kelly has come under scrutiny for initially defending Porter and has faced questions about when he learned of the allegations.
Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah Thursday that Kelly was not fully aware of the allegations until this week when photos of one of Porter's ex-wives with a black eye were released.
On "The Daily Briefing," Harf said the whole situation is an "outrage" and Kelly still has a lot of questions to answer.
She explained that Porter was "credibly accused" of domestic violence by two women and Kelly knew about the allegations for months, yet he kept Porter on in his White House role.
She added that this could be indicative of a bigger problem at the White House and it goes beyond a "public relations" misstep.
"This is a White House that had Steve Bannon there, who was also accused of assaulting his wife in the past. President Trump has been accused of very serious things. So, there needs to be a serious discussion at this White House about how they handle this issue."
Trump said at the White House Friday he wishes Porter well and that he was "surprised" by the accusations.
"He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent. So you'll have to talk to him about that. But we absolutely wish him well," Trump continued.
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