While Trump has defended Rob Porter publically, his comments about Porter behind the scenes are apparently quite different:
AXIOS – President Trump is defending Rob Porter even though, privately, he says he’s guilty.
Behind closed doors: The president has told multiple people that he believes the accusations about Porter, and finds him “sick.”
Four sources who have spoken directly with Trump tell me his private comments about ex-aide Porter — whose two ex-wives accused of violent attacks — have been brutal.
Behind-the-scenes: Porter appears to have crossed Trump’s red line. In the Oval Office, Trump read a print-out of the Daily Mail story with incredulity. He quickly turned on Porter. Trump said he was shocked that this clean-cut Harvard guy with the perfectly parted hair — “straight out of central casting” — could have violently attacked women.
Over the last few days, the president has told associates he believes Porter’s ex-wives’ accusations.
Trump has also told associates that he views men who beat their wives the same way he views child molesters: as “sick puppies.”
Trump’s behind the scenes comments seem much more reasonable. It’s a shame he’s chosen to defend Porter publicly, especially if he feels the opposite. I can only surmise that he sees Porter working in the White House as a reflection on himself and that’s why he isn’t criticizing him publicly.