"I have absolutely nothing to even consider resigning over", he said Friday, according to a White House pool report.
Still, Kelly said that "we had not reached endgame" in the case and that Porter's security clearance was pending until the abuse charges came to light.
Offering his own version of events, Kelly told reporters he first learned of the allegations against Porter on February 6, after inquiries from journalists. Instead, he said, he would ensure that the White House staff was serving Trump in the best way possible.
Painting a picture of a neophyte staff of outsiders, unfamiliar with Washington and learning how to run the world's pre-eminent superpower, Kelly said he moved to bring habits in line with the Pentagon and military, where he served for decades.
He says he made supportive comments before he knew of an accusation of physical abuse.
Kelly made the comment while on stage during a 15th-anniversary event for the DHS, saying that he still missed "every one" of the employees "every day". "His religion, his focus on work, etc".
"I talked to Rob and just, he resigned".
Kelly went into more detail Friday about lapses in the security clearance process than any White House official to date. Three days after Kelly's arrival, Scaramucci also resigned in ignominious fashion. Porter's background investigation, even though Mr. They look through it.
The FBI was asked to provide additional findings, which it sent to the White House in November and then again last month. I've since learned all of this after Chris Wray's testimony. "They still not had evaluated his package to make a recommendation one way or the other".
Kelly was also central to the drama over Kushner's security clearance, which was downgraded from "top secret" to "secret" since the president's son-in-law had never passed the FBI's background check. "He did a very good job when he was in the White House, and we hope he has a wonderful career".
Kelly released a statement that evening defending and heaping praise on Porter shortly after the first story concerning the abuse allegations was published by the Daily Mail. "There is no place for domestic violence in our society", Kelly said over 24 hours after the first allegation.
Mr. Kelly declined to discuss questions that have arisen about security clearances since Mr.
The White House did not announce Porter was leaving until a press briefing the following afternoon. Kelly defended that statement on Friday by noting that he was unaware of the allegations made by Porter's second ex-wife until 6 p.m. that day.