Vice President Mike Pence conceded in a Wednesday interview that the White House could have handled the situation with White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter and allegations of domestic abuse against him “better.”
Porter resigned from his position as White House staff secretary shortly after the Daily Mail broke a story alleging that Porter abused two of his ex-wives.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has come under heavy criticism for an initial response that came to the defense of Porter and reports that he knew about the allegations months before they were reported in the news.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters in last Thursday’s White House press briefing that “we all could have done better over the last few hours…er last few days in dealing with this situation.” Shah would not reveal details about how long ago Kelly first knew about the allegations against Porter, only that Kelly first saw photos of the alleged abuse in news reports published Wednesday.
Pence’s interviewer then asked the Vice President if he believes White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been “fully honest and transparent in [Kelly’s] explanation of Rob Porter’s departure.”