President Donald Trump first had an opportunity to address the scandal involving former White House staff secretary Rob Porter. Trump returned to what's become a familiar trend in recent months. He pointed to Porter's denial of the allegations against him. Trump has made virtually identical comments when asked late last year about allegations that Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore committed sexual misconduct with teenagers. And he used a similar defense in explaining away Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
Porter's ex-wives have alleged that he physically and mentally abused them in their marriages. Both ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, provided the Daily Mail with photographic evidence of the alleged abuse.