UPDATED 1:37 PM PT — Thurs. February 8, 2018
White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah held the first press briefing of his career.
Much of the briefing focused on the subject of outgoing House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, following allegations of past spousal abuse coming to light.
Shah called the allegations “credible, serious, and deeply troubling.”
He noted that the White House could have done better in handling the situation.
However, he also said a background check was ongoing.
The administration accepted Porter’s resignation on Wednesday.
Shah also touched on the spending bill, saying the president supports the two year spending bill and believes it’s important to keep funding the military.
The deputy press secretary also said all options remain on the table for North Korea, and the goal is for denuclearization of the the peninsula.