2nd White House Aide Resigns after Accusations of Domestic Abuse
The White House confirmed late Friday that a second staff member had resigned over domestic abuse allegations against him.
Spokesman Raj Shah said speechwriter David Sorenson resigned Friday.
Two days earlier, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter stepped down amid accusations by both his former wives that he had abused them.
Sorensen denied the abuse allegations, which were first reported Friday by The Washington Post. Sorenson's ex-wife had told the Post that he was violent and emotionally abusive during their short marriage.
Shah said Sorenson resigned after White House officials confronted him over the abuse allegations.
President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is very sad at Porter's resignation.
The revelations about Porter have raised fresh questions about the attitude of senior White House staff toward allegations of improper behavior by employees. It has also cast a spotlight on the practice of allowing staff without security clearances to work in and around the Oval Office.
Porter had only an interim clearance while holding one of the most sensitive jobs in the White House, where he controlled the flow of information to the president. A full clearance had been held up while the FBI investigated abuse allegations by his two former wives.
Diplomacy Takes Center Stage at the Olympics
Saturday's games at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, feature the first match of the joint North-South Korean women's ice hockey team, as diplomacy takes center stage at the start of the games.
The 2018 Winter Olympics officially began Friday when a parade of athletes entered the Olympic stadium, including athletes from North and South Korea who marched together behind a blue and white Korean unification flag.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Saturday with a delegation from North Korea that included Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the North's longtime ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
Kim Yo Jong and her entourage, including Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's ceremonial head of state, attended the opening ceremonies Friday and are expected to stay in South Korea through Sunday.
It is not known if Kim Yo Jong will attend the women's hockey game on Saturday, but the team is playing Switzerland, where both she and leader Kim Jong Un went to school when they were children.
The divided Koreas have agreed to compete as a team in women's ice hockey when just a few weeks ago they were flirting with nuclear war.
The winter games run through February 25.