>> And I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well.>> The president making his first public comments over the resignation of a high level staffer, accused of beating two of his ex-wives. Rob Porter's exit is just the latest in a string of headline making departures in the Trump administration.
For instance, in this picture alone, in addition to Rob Porter, Sebastian Gorki, an advisor with ties to the far right, resigned in August. Anthony Scaracmucci lasted only a few days as communications chief, after a profanity laced interview sent him packing. Omarosa Manigault was fired in December and is now airing her grievances on a reality TV show.
And of course Cory Lewandowski didn't even make it to the White House, as he was fired during the campaign. Or how about this one. Michael Flynn ousted his National Security Advisor for lying to Mike Pence about his contacts with Russians. Also gone, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon, who Trump recently said have lost his mind.
Steve Holland covers the White House for Reuters, and traces these staffing problems to the first days of the administration.>> Remember, not many people really wanted to work for Donald Trump. He came to office, he didn't really expect to win, and so his team had to scramble to put together a group of top advisors.
Most of these advisors don't have deep political Washington experience. So, perhaps they didn't vet this people as deeply as perhaps they should have. Donald Trump is a celebrity president in many ways, and he brought that sort of culture to the White House. So it is an unusual soap opera like presidency that we're seeing unfold day in and day out, and there never seems to be a lead up to it.
>> In late Friday it was announced that the second administration official had resigned over alligations of domestic abuse. That being David Sorensen, a speech writer. Chief of Staff John Kelly was supposed to be the man to bring some order to chaotic crew, but instead has been the center of a few controversies himself.
Now he's under fire for what he did or didn't know about Porter's domestic abuse allegations. As for the President, he's giving Porter the benefit of the doubt.>> Remember that he said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent.