Updated Feb 12, 2018

White House: Trump supports victims of domestic violence

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Almost a week after allegations of domestic abuse by Rob Porter first surfaced, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday that "Above all the president supports victims of domestic violence and believes everyone should be treated with fair and due process." Sanders said that statement came directly from the president.

Why it matters: There has been a lot of mixed messaging from the White House following Porter's exit. Publicly, President Trump seemed to defend Porter in a tweet over the weekend, and hasn't yet directly addressed the victims.

More on Porter:

  • When did Gen. John Kelly first learn of the allegations? Sanders dodged the specifics, but said, "We learned of the extent of the situation involving Rob Porter last Tuesday evening ... within 24 hours [he was out of the White House.]"
  • Why did the White House let Porter handle sensitive information without a high-level security clearance? "You guys are the ones who publish classified information and put national security at risk."
  • On reports that Trump's lawyer Don McGahn was told repeatedly of the allegations from Porter's ex-wives: "Not accurate," said Sanders.
  • Does the president still wish Porter success? "The President of the United States hopes that all Americans can be successful in whatever they do."

The bottom line: There's still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the White House's handling of the Porter crisis.

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In photos: Authorities issue warning as Americans venture out for Memorial Day weekend

Venice Beach in Los Angeles on May 24. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Authorities urged Americans to maintain social distancing and wear masks against the coronavirus amid reports of packed beaches and bars during the Memorial Day weekend.

Driving the news: Law enforcement stepped up beach patrols, authorities on Florida's Gulf Coast closed parking lots because they were full and there were crowded scenes at Lake of the Ozarks bars in Missouri, per AP, which reports a shooting injured several people at a packed Daytona Beach in Florida.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 p.m. ET: 5,405,029 — Total deaths: 344,997 — Total recoveries — 2,168,408Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 p.m. ET: 1,642,021 — Total deaths: 97,698 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,195Map.
  3. World: White House announces travel restrictions on Brazil, coronavirus hotspot in Southern Hemisphere Over 100 coronavirus cases in Germany tied to single day of church services — Boris Johnson backs top aide amid reports that he broke U.K. lockdown while exhibiting symptoms.
  4. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks headed into Memorial Day weekend Report finds "little evidence" coronavirus under control in most statesHurricanes, wildfires, the flu could strain COVID-19 response
  5. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Public employees brace for layoffs.
  6. Federal government: Trump attacks a Columbia University study that suggests earlier lockdown could have saved 36,000 American lives.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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Republicans sue California over mail-out ballot plan

California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a February news conference in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

President Trump accused Democrats of trying "Rig" November's general election as Republican groups filed a lawsuit against California Sunday in an attempt to stop Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from mailing ballots to all registered voters.

Driving the news: Newsom signed an executive order this month in response to the coronavirus pandemic ensuring that all registered voters in the state receive a mail-in ballot.