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Trump is supposedly very upset about his aide abusing women. Right.

Trump is supposedly very upset about his aide abusing women. Right.

by digby



He's "fucking pissed" --- for all the wrong reasons:


On Wednesday night, Donald Trump vented to advisers that Kelly had not fully briefed him on Porter’s issues with women until recently, two sources told me. Trump was also not aware of the severity of the alleged abuse until yesterday, when Ivanka walked into the Oval Office and showed her father a photo published in the Daily Mail of Porter’s ex-wife with a black eye. “He was fucking pissed,” said one Republican briefed on the conversation. According to a source, Ivanka and Jared Kushner have been discussing possible chief-of-staff replacements. The problem is there’s not an obvious candidate waiting in the wings.

West Wing staffers continue to wonder why Kelly would keep the Porter allegations from the president, and why he defended Porter so aggressively when presented with allegations by the Mail. Porter’s history with women had been known to Kelly for months, a source familiar with the matter said.


Why? Because he liked him and didn't give a damn that he's a psycho in his personal life and doesn't think someone like him can't be trusted with a top security clearance because nobody cares about some psycho who beats women. Why else?

I believe that Trump was pissed at Kelly but not because of this, He's been looking for a reason to fire him for a while because he always has to have someone to blame for his own failings and Kelly is next in line.

This really is interesting though:

The crisis also raises questions about Hope Hicks’s decision-making, and whether her romantic relationship with Porter clouded her judgment. According to a source, Hicks did not get a sign off from Trump for the White House’s initial statement defending Porter, in which Kelly was quoted calling Porter a “man of true integrity.” She drafted the statement with her close friend, Kushner’s White House spokesman Josh Raffel, whom she’s known since their days working for Manhattan P.R. strategist Matthew Hiltzik. This morning, Hicks continued to defend Porter in private, a source said, telling people she thinks the allegations aren’t true. In recent weeks, Trump has been angry at Hicks for her role in approving interviews with Michael Wolff, a Republican close to the White House told me.

She is a huge danger to Trump in the Russia investigation. Trump should be handling her with kid gloves. But of course he isn't. His instincts tell him to destroy anyone who can hurt him. Being the stable genius that he is, he could be making a big mistake with her.

And, by the way:

Trump was furious that a “scalp reduction” operation he’d undergone to eliminate a bald spot had been unexpectedly painful. Ivana had recommended the plastic surgeon. In retaliation, Hurt wrote, Trump yanked out a handful of his wife’s hair, and then forced himself on her sexually. Afterward, according to the book, she spent the night locked in a bedroom, crying; in the morning, Trump asked her, “with menacing casualness, ‘Does it hurt?’ ”

That is the explanation for this: