"Her colleagues have quietly accused her of looking out for Porter and not the White House, and she has been visibly upset in recent days as her personal life becomes a national news story", the report said.
This past week, while the White House was quickly sinking into a wave of recriminations over how much top administration officials knew about a senior aide's history of domestic violence, Trump himself was personally fuming over the appearance that his people had mishandled the response-that they looked weak in their reaction.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she has "no reason not to believe the women" who accused staff secretary Rob Porter of domestic violence ― but then defended President Donald Trump, who has suggested that the allegations might not be true.
And they tried to clarify the reaction from Trump, who has yet to offer a sympathetic word to the women who said they had been abused.
Apparently, they still take place-officials reportedly learned of the abuse claims against Porter during his background check months ago-but if nobody's going to actually pursue the claims made against a member of the highest governmental body in the us, what the hell is the point of having them in the first place?
Spokesman Raj Shah said the White House learned Thursday night about the allegations before being contacted by the media. "He's had a number of controversies recently".
The Washington Post reported Friday night that a second White House staff member, speechwriter David Sorenson, was resigning amid domestic abuse allegations.
"And hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him", he added.
In a column for the Hollywood Reporter, Wolff wrote: "With Melania a nonpresence, the staff referred to Ivanka as the "real wife" and Hicks as the "real daughter".
Mr Trump continued to defend Mr Porter on Friday as criticism mounted of his chief of staff, John Kelly, over his handling of the allegations. "It should be able to focus on continuing President Trump's historic accomplishments for the American people". Porter's former girl friend spoke to Mr. Kelly about the allegations in October. When asked if Kelly has expressed interest in offering his resignation, Gidley said "Not to my knowledge, no".
Shah said that Trump was not aware until Tuesday of the accusations against Porter, who was a frequent presence in the Oval Office and helped craft last week's State of the Union address.
The Porter matter has intensified scrutiny of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a former army general brought in to bring order to an administration that had been seen as chaotic under previous chief, Reince Priebus. Kelly, meanwhile, was Porter's loudest defender, including in the first hours after the graphic photos of alleged abuse emerged.
Porter worked directly with Kelly, the chief of staff, and was considered a skilled insider.