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White House declines to answer questions about Rob Porter

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The has declined to answer key questions about how it handled spousal allegations against former top aide, Rob Porter, the media reported.

resigned on February 7 following the allegations of from his two former wives, reports

Speaking during the briefing on Monday, insisted that top aides to Trump did not know the "extent" of the allegations against until the evening of February 6, when they were first by

Reading a statement she said had been dictated to her by himself, Sanders sought to tamp down accusations that the has downplayed claims.

"The and the entire administration take domestic violence very seriously and believe all allegations need to be investigated thoroughly... Above all, the supports victims of domestic violence and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process," Sanders said.

On February 9, Trump praised Porter's integrity and said that the allegations if not investigated could ruin a person's career, reported.

Sanders also brushed off questions about Trump's own feelings about domestic violence, noting that he had "literally dictated" the statement she read during her briefing.

She declined to provide further details about which aides knew about the abuse claims, which Porter's former wives detailed to the FBI as they were investigating his background for a security clearance.

Sanders fielded questions for more than 20 minutes about the matter.



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 10:52 IST