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White House Refutes Report Kelly Offered to Resign

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (AP)

By    |   Friday, 09 February 2018 05:51 PM

White House chief of staff John Kelly has discussed with President Donald Trump the possibly of resigning from his post after the West Wing shook with this week's news that a top aide had been accused of domestic violence.

ABC News cited sources close to the president as saying Trump has spoken with multiple people about replacing Kelly over his handling of Rob Porter, who resigned Wednesday after photos of one of his ex-wives with a black eye were published in the media.

At the same time, ABC noted that Kelly offered to resign.

No resignation letter has been written, the news outlet noted.

The White House reacted by calling the ABC report untrue:

Kelly issued a statement Tuesday that was supportive of Porter after a news report detailing the domestic violence allegations came out. Late Wednesday, several hours after the photos were published in The Daily Mail, Kelly issued another statement that took a firm stance against domestic violence.

Further complicating the matter was a report that claimed Kelly told West Wing staffers Friday morning to spread the word that he took quick action once the allegations against Porter seemed more credible.

Trump was reportedly unhappy with principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah's comments about the Porter matter during Thursday's White House press briefing.

Kelly also came under fire for recent remarks in which he insinuated that certain immigrants might have been "too lazy" to sign up for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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