Is this the end for John Kelly?

President Donald Trump attends the National Prayer Breakfast at a hotel in Washington DC

Porter resigned on Wednesday, and said the allegations were "outrageous" and "simply false".

Sorensen also resigned this week after being accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife, White House spokesman Raj Shah confirmed Friday. Although he publicly acknowledged Obama's citizenship in September 2016, Trump reportedly continued to privately question it as recently as November 2017. Mulvaney is reportedly a likely candidate to become the next chief of staff if Kelly leaves the White House, but Mulvaney said Sunday that the rumors are "much ado about nothing".

And it harks back to an episode last summer in which White House staff leaked word that Trump had personally involved himself in the misleading explanations of Donald Trump Jr.'s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Pirro said anyone trying to blame Kelly due to their hatred of Trump needs to "find another scapegoat".

But his suggestion in private that he would be willing to step down if the president wanted him to reflected the degree to which the scandal surrounding Porter has engulfed the White House, touching off a bitter round of recriminations that could result in a shake-up at the highest levels.

"It so clearly illustrates that even today, in 2018, a lot of people react to these sorts of allegations by assuming that the woman is lying, or by indicating that, in essence, how a man behaves with women is nobody's business, that it's irrelevant", said Emily Martin, National Women's Law Center general counsel and vice president for education and workplace justice. President Trump - or "Teflon Don" as some refer to him - has an almost-reflexive tendency to disregard when the media suggests things in the White House have gone to far.

At the very least, helping draft Kelly's statement demonstrates Hicks is unethical, if also not an enabler of an accused wife-beater.

The glowing praise of a staff member accused of serial violence against women was in line with the president's own denials of sexual impropriety despite accusations from more than a dozen women and his habit of accepting claims of innocence from men facing similar allegations. You think that maybe someone would have mentioned it to me. It's a White House where distinguishing between right and wrong is prohibited.

Trump's tweet also struck a nerve with people who noted that assault survivors have their lives "shattered", too. Reuters has not independently confirmed the allegations against Porter, or against Trump.

The infighting unfolded amid signs of a brewing shake-up in the West Wing.

"But the irony for Kelly may be that the credibility that makes him a singular asset in this White House may have been irreparably damaged by his work in it".

In June 2016, Trump faced widespread backlash for alleging that US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was then overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University, had "an inherent conflict of interest" due to his Mexican heritage and calling for his recusal in the case.

Kelly went on to say that he had learned of Porter's true situation less than an hour before he removed him from his job.

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