Rob Porter with Donald Trump

Rob Porter, who served on the president's trade agenda, stepped down from the White House after media outlets published reports of two of his former wives who accused him of domestic abuse. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

Former White House adviser Rob Porter appeared in a commentary on the Wall Street Journal on Thursday evening, writing the trade agenda of US President Donald Trump more than a year after leaving the White House. wives

Porter, who served on the president's trade agenda as part of his role as the White House staff secretary, wrote in the magazine that the president has a great opportunity, starting with a trade agreement with China, to launch a new era of US trade liberalization " he focuses on strengthening and not undermining trade institutions and agreements.

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"Having broken the global economic status quo, Mr. Trump is now well positioned to implement his overarching commitment to" restore the integrity of the trading system, "he wrote.

The former staff secretary resigned from the White House last February and was tarnished in the scandal after the media released the reports and graphic photos of two of his former wives who accused him of domestic abuse. Porter denied the allegations.

The controversy surrounding Porter provoked a series of scandals in the West Wing when White House officials criticized their handling of the scandal and were held accountable for continued presence in the government after disclosure that the allegations of the wives had surfaced FBI background checks the security clearance from Porter.

The revelation that Porter was handling sensitive documents for the President while working on a temporary security clearance drew another investigation into the West Wing, where it was discovered that other Trump helpers, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also had an interim release as permanent.

The incident prompted the White House to revise its security review process. However, the topic has been re-focused in recent months after a New York Times report submitted that Trump intervened to demand that Kushner be given a security clearance on the reservations of intelligence officials.

The controversy surrounding Porter was one of the first major scandals for the then White House chief of staff, John Kelly, who initially defended Porter violently while insisting he had not known anything about the allegations, despite evidence to the contrary. The White House's former communications director, Hope Hicks, was also drawn into the scandal when it turned out that she was with Porter at the time, possibly involved in the White House's response to the allegations against him.


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