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Scoop: Rob Porter telling different story than John Kelly

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Chief of Staff John Kelly (left) and former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter. Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter is telling associates that some senior White House officials strongly encouraged him to "stay and fight," and claims he "never misrepresented anything" to Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Why it matters: This White House has a culture problem, starting at the top. The natural instinct is to defend/deny and show scant, if any, concern for the women alleging misconduct and harm. And when the going gets tough internally, the other natural instinct is to blame everyone but yourself.