The Latest: Trump says ‘mere allegation’ can shatter lives

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Shane Bouvet, a campaign volunteer, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

— The Latest on abuse allegations involving White House aides (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he believes is a lack of due process for “someone falsely accused.”

Trump, in a tweet, appears to question the circumstances that led to the resignation of a senior aide who was accused of domestic violence.

Trump tweets that people’s “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”

He says “some are true and some are false” but says there’s “no recovery for someone falsely accused.”

Trump doesn’t name any individuals in his post, but he seems to be referring to Rob Porter. He’s the White House staff secretary who resigned after allegations emerged that he abused two ex-wives.

Trump defended Porter in the Oval Office on Friday and wished him well while making no mention of the alleged victims.

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12:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is defending former aide Rob Porter — and wishing him well, while sidestepping any mention of the two ex-wives who’ve accused Porter of physical and emotional abuse.

Trump’s comments have set off a firestorm at a time of national conversation about the mistreatment of women. And they’ve come amid White House finger-pointing about who knew what, and when, about the severity of the spousal abuse allegations.

Porter has denied the allegation.

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