US President Donald Trump has paid tribute to an ex-aide who quit this week amid domestic abuse allegations.
“We wish him well,” he said in his first public remarks on the claims against ex-White House staff secretary Rob Porter. “He worked very hard.”
His comments come a day after a White House spokesman said they could have better handled the accusations.
It is alleged Mr Porter, 40, gave one ex-wife a black eye while another filed a restraining order. He denies it.
Despite the allegations, he received interim security clearance to act as gatekeeper to the US president. Mr Porter resigned on Wednesday.
What did the president say?
Speaking in the Oval Office on Friday, Mr Trump said: “We found out about it recently and I was surprised by it, but we certainly wish him well and it’s a tough time for him.
“He did a very good job while when he was in the White House. …