Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter told associates that officials at the White House encouraged him to "stay and fight" rather than resign after a report detailed allegations of domestic abuse, Axios reported Sunday.
"I think when the White House said they could have handled the situation better, that's a bit of an understatement, yes", Flake said. Porter following the allegations.
Both men deny the allegations.
Sorensen's ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, has alleged that her husband of two years abused her psychologically and physically during their two year marriage. He also alleged she attempted to block the driveway to prevent him from driving away after she had punched him in the face repeatedly after a fight, forcing him to pull the auto forward over the lawn, and that she ran after the vehicle and injured herself in the process. "He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well".
"I do agree with @POTUS on one thing he said today, #domesticviolence does destroy lives, literally", she added.
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Sorensen told the Post in a text message that he resigned because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction". She went on to state who the real people to blame for this controversy are.
According to a from ABC News, corroborated by sources close to Breitbart News, Kelly has expressed his willingness to resign over the matter, although he has since denied this.
According to the Post, Corbett told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about her allegations during an October 2017 interview for a background check of Sorensen.
"It so clearly illustrates that even today, in 2018, a lot of people react to these sorts of allegations by assuming that the woman is lying, or by indicating that, in essence, how a man behaves with women is nobody's business, that it's irrelevant", said Emily Martin, National Women's Law Center general counsel and vice president for education and workplace justice.
Yet the White House's handling of the matters, specifically Porter, has largely focused on Kelly.
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Trump's chief of staff defended Porter on Tuesday as "a man of true integrity and honor" and "a friend, confidante and trusted professional".
While Trump didn't mention Porter or Sorensen in his tweet, many people assumed he was referring to these two ex-staffers, and were quick to respond.
One of Mr Porter's former wives, Jennifer Willoughby, obtained a restraining order against him, while the other, Colbie Holderness, presented a photograph of herself with a black eye, which she said came from being hit by Mr Porter while the couple was on vacation in Italy. "Or the fact that domestic violence has no place in our society and no place in the White House".
A second White House official has resigned following allegations of domestic violence.
"He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that", Trump said.
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The Times article that Trump has "little tolerance" for aides who attract negative attention, and Kelly has been in the news for initially defending Porter, who has been accused by two ex-wives for spousal abuse. Although he publicly acknowledged Obama's citizenship in September 2016, Trump reportedly continued to privately question it as recently as November 2017.