By Wednesday morning, Porter had resigned. According to Axios, the decision to step down was his alone, with many of his administration colleagues—including Kelly—urging him to “stay and fight.”


In a statement announcing his resignation, Porter pushed back on his ex-wives’ claims:

These outrageous allegations are simply false. I took the photos given to the media nearly 15 years ago and the reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described. I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a coordinated smear campaign. My commitment to public service speaks for itself. I have always put duty to country first and treated others with respect. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served in the Trump Administration and will seek to ensure a smooth transition when I leave the White House.


When asked during Wednesday’s briefing whether President Trump had any concerns over Porter’s alleged history of domestic abuse, Huckabee Sanders told reporters simply, “I don’t know.”

Despite announcing his resignation on Wednesday, Porter will reportedly stay in his role for an indeterminate transition period.