Trump Today: Trump Today: President defends embattled staffer Porter, says budget deal proves need for more Republicans

Trump Today: Trump Today: President defends embattled staffer Porter, says budget deal proves need for more Republicans
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House on Friday.

President Donald Trump on Friday defended a staffer who resigned in the wake of spousal abuse allegations as he signed into law a bill raising spending by over $300 billion over two years.


‘HE SAYS HE IS INNOCENT’


To reporters at a White House event, Trump defended former staff secretary Rob Porter. Trump said “we wish him well” and that it is a “tough time” for Porter. “As you probably know he says he is innocent,” Trump added. The president said Porter did “very well” in the White House.


CNN reported that officials as high as Chief of Staff John Kelly knew both that Porter was facing troubles in obtaining security clearance and that his ex-wives claimed he had abused them. Trump himself was not reported to have known about Porter’s issues until this week.


‘MUCH WASTE’ IN BUDGET BILL


Over Twitter, Trump indicated he liked only the part about the bill that kept the government open — the part where military spending was boosted.


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“Costs on non-military lines will never come down if we do not elect more Republicans in the 2018 Election, and beyond. This Bill is a BIG VICTORY for our Military, but much waste in order to get Dem votes. Fortunately, DACA not included in this Bill, negotiations to start now,” he said in one tweet.


HOUSE DEMOCRAT LETTER TO BE RELEASED SOON


Trump indicated that he would allow the release of a memo from House Democrats that sought to rebut the allegations made by House Republicans that the FBI abused its power in its probe of Russian interference. “It’s going to be released soon,” Trump said. “We’re going to be releasing a letter soon.”