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Shortly after bombshell domestic abuse allegations came to light, former White House staff secretary Rob Porter told senior staff in the Trump administration that the incidents were accidents, according to a new report.
ABC News reported Monday that Porter tried to downplay the allegations made by his first ex-wife, Colbie Holderness, telling senior White House staffers the injury occurred during an argument in their hotel room that led to the pair struggling over a Venetian glass vase.
Porter reportedly told White House officials that Holderness “was ready to throw glass onto the floor to smash and they both lunged for the glass and there was a struggle.”
He went on to deny punching Holderness, insisting she instead fell during their struggle. However, Holderness told the Daily Mail that Porter punched her in the face.
The White House faced more questions about Porter during Monday's press briefing, where White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated many previous statements regarding the incident, while also refusing to say whether President Donald Trump believes the allegations against his former staff secretary.
Sanders also responded to questions regarding Trump wishing Porter well after his exit from the White House amid abuse allegations.
“I think the president of the United States hopes that all Americans can be successful in whatever they do,” Sanders said.
Last week, the White House admitted it could have handled the situation better. “I think it's fair to say that we all could have done better over the ... last few days in dealing with this situation,” White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said.