Hicks was involved with the White House's initial response to the Porter allegations, which included issuing laudatory statements from Kelly and press secretary Sarah Sanders. counsel Don McGahn is also facing questions about whether he should have sooner informed more members of the staff about the domestic-abuse allegations, or implemented a more thorough vetting process, in line with the actions of previous administrations.
"We certainly wish him well".
Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter told associates that officials at the White House encouraged him to "stay and fight" rather than resign after a report detailed allegations of domestic abuse, Axios reported Sunday.
In a meeting on Friday, Kelly encouraged subordinates to spread the word that he'd removed Porter within 40 minutes of receiving evidence on February 6 that the spousal abuse allegations, first reported by the United Kingdom newspaper the Daily Mail, were credible, said a person familiar with the matter. "And we hope he has a wonderful career". And they've come amid White House finger-pointing about who knew what, and when, about the severity of the spousal abuse allegations.
Kelly's claim Tuesday that some immigrants are "too lazy to get off their asses" and register for government protections stunned some aides who questioned the chief of staff's political instincts and were dismayed by his language.
The fallout from his resignation reverberated amid concerns about his access to classified information and about how long senior staffers had known about the allegations.
Porter has denied the allegation. The letter also asks why Porter did not have security clearance.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted a different take on his decision.
Trump doesn't name any individuals in his post, but he seems to be referring to Rob Porter.
Kelly himself faced criticism for defending Porter only to belatedly reverse course hours after the publication of photos showing one of the ex-wives with a black eye.
Mr Kelly sent a memo to staff late on Thursday saying that "while we are all processing the shocking and troubling allegations made against a former White House staffer, I want you to know that we all take matters of domestic violence very seriously". "There is no place for domestic violence in our society".
But when the allegations first emerged against Porter, a number of senior aides rallied around him.
Communications director Hope Hicks, who was dating the staff secretary, helped draft the original statements defending him. Yet despite all his huffing and puffing, the president has neglected to once mention the women Porter allegedly abused.
Trump's counselor subsequently advised that "I don't need a lecture from Kirsten Gillibrand or anybody else who protected and defended and harbored a sitting president who had sexual relations in the Oval Office and was impeached for lying".
Last Friday, Kelly made it clear that he would resign if the President wanted him to, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN.
Both of Mr Porter's ex-wives have detailed the nature of the abuse they said they suffered at his hands and said they informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation.