The disgraced former White House member Rob Porter was forced to publicly condemn Bob Woodward's book about Trump after his lover Hope Hicks, who remains loyal to the president, threatened to leave him, sources told Daily MailTV exclusively.
Porter, 40, who left the White House in February amid accusations of domestic abuse by his two former wives, distanced himself from Woodward's new book on Tuesday after its release.
In addition to the citations attributed to Porter, it has been widely suggested that Porter is one of the multiple sources who spoke with Woodward outside the registry.
Porter described the book, Fear, as Selective and Often Misleading & # 39; in a long statement that also gave a brilliant description of the presidency.
Woodward, the Washington Post's star investigative journalist since the early 1970s when he published the story about the Watergate scandal, told Axios that he supports his reports.
Former White House communications director Hope Hicks (pictured on Tuesday) 29, threatened to end things with her boyfriend Rob Porter for speaking ill of Trump to Bob Woodward, according to sources at DailyMail.com .
The discredited former secretary of White House staff and former director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn (both photographed in January) appeared in Woodward's book and it was reported that they worked together to derail Trump's "most dangerous" orders.
Fear describes a series of detailed incidents in the White House, where Porter was one of the few in the room and is directly cited.
In Chapter 29, Woodward writes that after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which ended in violence when an opposing protester died, Porter was at a "breaking point" and stood up in front of Trump, writing a conciliatory speech for him after the president had been wrong with the neo-Nazis and those who protest against them.
"This was no longer a presidency," Porter said. & # 39; This is no longer a White House. This is a man who is who he is. "Woodward writes.
Porter appears strongly in Fear, appearing in the prologue and in six chapters. He is also quoted directly criticizing Trump
According to the sources, Hicks, 29, threatened to break up with Porter after learning that he had been talking badly about Trump to Woodward.
Hope, who seems to have had no other job since leaving office as communications director at the White House in February, is eager to return to Trump's fold, the sources said.
She stays in good relations with the president and made an impromptu appearance at one of her meetings this summer.
She was seen leaving her house in Manhattan, dressed to the nines, on Tuesday afternoon.
The sources told Politico that the president was "furious" with Porter, and with the former chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, for allegedly escaping to Woodward. But Trump changed course on Tuesday and praised his former aides for their refusals.
DailyMail.com revealed in July that former colleagues were still dating clandestinely after they were seen together in Manhattan and spent a cozy weekend hiding in the apartment on Hicks' east side.
According to reports, Porter & # 39; resigned & # 39; of the White House in February after his two ex-wives alleged domestic abuse in exclusive interviews with DailyMail.com.
Porter was initially defended by high-ranking White House personnel, including chief of staff John Kelly and press secretary Sarah Sanders, following accusations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife Jennifer Willoughby at DailyMail.com.
Hope, photographed in New York City on Tuesday, does not seem to have had another job since she left office as communications director at the White House in February and is eager to return to Trump's fold, the sources said.
She was seen leaving her house in Manhattan, dressed to the nines, on Tuesday afternoon
After the release of a photograph provided by Porter's second wife, Colbie Holderness, with a black eye that she told DailyMail.com, she had given, she left her position as secretary of the staff.
Porter denied the accusations of abuse.
The sources told DailyMail.com that Porter was anxious to seek retribution for what he considered a "lack of loyalty" on the part of the Trump administration and had been talking to several journalists, presumably Woodward among them.
Porter has a prolific presence throughout Woodward's book, which appears in the prologue and six chapters. References to his alleged domestic abuse are relegated to 20 pages at the end of the voluminous volume.
Woodward writes: "Porter left the White House on February 7 after two former wives went public with allegations that he had physically abused them.
& # 39; One launched a photo showing a purple eye that said Porter gave him. Each one, one for the press and the other in a blog post, gave graphic descriptions of domestic abuse. Porter quickly concluded that it would be best for everyone, his ex-spouses, his closest family and friends, the White House and himself, to resign. I wanted to focus on repairing relationships and healing. "
Porter appears for the first time in Fear's prologue during the now infamous incident, when the former economic adviser, Gary Cohn, allegedly stole a letter that canceled the US commercial deal. UU With South Korea, from the desk of Trump's Oval Office.
According to the book: "Porter later found out that there were several copies of the draft of the letter, and both Cohn and he made sure that none was left on the president's desk.
Trump publicly praised his former advisers Rob Porter and Gary Cohn for denying the accounts in Bob Woodward's new book on Tuesday, but Fuentes told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that Porter was eager to take revenge on what he considered a "lack of loyalty." "by the Trump Administration
DECLARATION OF ROBERTE "FEAR"
The former secretary of staff of President Rob Porter issued this statement to reporters on Tuesday after Bob WoodWard's book Fear & # 39; It came to the shelves of stores:
"Having read Bob Woodward's Fear, I am surprised by the selective and often deceptive portrait he portrays of the President and his administration.
"As secretary of the staff, I was responsible for managing the flow of documents to and from the Oval Office and ensuring that whatever the president was asked to sign would have been properly investigated." The suggestion that the materials were "stolen" from the The President's desk to avoid his signature does not understand how the White House document review process works, and has worked for at least the last eight administrations.
"It was also my responsibility to help ensure that the relevant points of view were considered, the pros and cons were evaluated, the policy proposals were thoroughly reviewed and the President could make decisions based on complete information. it does not make someone part of a "resistance" or it means they are trying to "thwart" the President's agenda, quite the opposite.
"President Trump invites a solid discussion and asks probing questions, he has the confidence to allow the advisors to disagree with a proposed course of action and advocate for an alternative outcome, and sometimes I did." But in the end, the president Trump is the one who decides and has been more than capable of doing it During my time in the White House, I sought to serve the best interests of the President and help him achieve his many successes, successes that Mr. Woodward's book ignores.
"President Trump's achievements are undeniable: an important tax relief to boost economic growth, eliminate onerous regulations to unleash job creators, redo the federal judicial system to defend the Constitution and much more."
Cohn and Porter worked together to derail what they thought were Trump's most impulsive and dangerous orders. That document and similar ones simply disappeared.
Woodward described the staff's decision as "no less than an administrative coup."
Porter also appears in Chapter 17; where his hiring by Reince Preibus is discussed in glowing terms: "He took over the work with five-star recommendations from people who had served as secretaries of staff of Presidents of the Republic."
In the same chapter, he is positioned, in Woodward's words, as forming an "alliance" with Gary Cohn and belonging to the Wall Street wing of the White House, trying to undermine the beliefs of Trump's "Flat Earth Society". the trade deficits.
It appears again in Chapter 19, where it is presented as a leader of resistance among employees who do not want Trump to withdraw from NAFTA, which raised tariffs between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Again, writes Woodward, he conspired with Cohn to avoid the collapse of NAFTA.
"I can stop this," Cohn told Porter. I'll take the newspaper from your desk before I leave. And then he took it. "
Porter also supposedly promised to walk slowly & # 39; any other decision that Trump tried to take in NAFTA.
In Chapter 32, with the arrival of General John Kelly as chief of staff, Porter is presented as an attempt to impose order on the White House & # 39 ;, a bloody process & # 39; , as he called it every day for months & # 39; .
"The president would have an idea and say, 'I want to sign something.' And Porter would have to explain that while Trump had broad authority to issue executive orders, for example, a president was often restricted by law."
Stay dry: Hicks was seen alone as he faced the rainy weather of New York City on Monday
In July, Dailymail.com revealed Rob, who lives in Washington D.C., and Hope were still in a relationship, as they were seen in Central Park and making extraordinary efforts to make sure they did not see them together.
DailyMail.com revealed in February that the two were lovers after they were seen together in Washington (pictured)
In Chapter 33, Woodward writes that Trump asks Porter if he wanted to be a White House lawyer and Porter rejected him, and in the next chapter, a scene where the White House staff secretary is on Air Force One with President.
Trump just called the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, "little man with rockets," in a tweet and he seems especially pleased about it.
Porter is presented as the adult in the room, admitting that although the nickname is "fun", the focus should be on what is the end of the game.
In his statement this week to Axios, Porter defended Trump's actions.
He wrote: Having read Bob Woodward's Fear, I am surprised by the selective and often misleading portrayal of the president and his administration.
As secretary of the staff, I was responsible for managing the flow of documents to and from the Oval Office and ensuring that whatever the president was asked to sign had been properly investigated. The suggestion that the materials were "stolen" from the President's desk to prevent his signature does not understand how the White House document review process works, and has worked for at least the last eight administrations.
It was also my responsibility to help ensure that the relevant points of view were considered, the pros and cons were evaluated, the policy proposals were thoroughly reviewed and the President could make decisions based on complete information. Fulfilling this responsibility does not make someone part of a & # 39; resistance & # 39; or does it mean they are trying to "thwart"? the President's agenda. Quite the opposite.
President Trump invites a solid discussion and asks inquisitive questions. You have the confidence to allow counselors to disagree with a proposed course of action and advocate for an alternative outcome, and sometimes I did. But in the end, President Trump is the one who decides and has been more than capable of doing it. During my time in the White House, I sought to serve the best interests of the President and help him achieve his many successes, successes that Mr. Woodward's book ignores.
President Trump's achievements are undeniable: an important tax relief to boost economic growth, avoid onerous regulations to unleash job creators, redo the federal judiciary to defend the Constitution and much more. "