President Trump is defending Rob Porter even though, privately, he says he’s guilty.
Behind closed doors: The president has told multiple people that he believes the accusations about Porter, and finds him “sick.”
Four sources who have spoken directly with Trump tell me his private comments about ex-aide Porter — whose two ex-wives accused of violent attacks — have been brutal.
But his public comments don’t reflect that, at all.
This is the strongest indicator yet that Trump will reflexively defend his male allies from any and all accusations, even when he thinks those accusations are true.
Trump tells friends that he deplores the #MeToo movement and believes it unfairly exposes CEOs to lawsuits from their female employees. The fact that women frequently face sexual predation in the workplace doesn’t impact his view on this.