White House Chief of Staff John Kelly changed his tune in response to revelations that Staff Secretary Rob Porter had been accused by two of his ex-wives of domestic violence-but his initial reaction, defending him, mirrors a trend throughout President Donald Trump's administration.
Under siege, Shah finally acknowledged that "we all could have done better over the last few hours or last few days in dealing with this situation".
The comment comes after the White House signaled support for Porter.
At first, Kelly praised Porter, hailing him as a "trusted professional" and a friend. Strangers complimented him to me every time we went out.More news: Trudeau makes pitch to Silicon Valley, Amazon to invest in Canada
The ex-wife of ousted White House staff secretary Robert Porter described their marriage as "very strong verbally and emotionally abusive" but denied Friday that she is part of a coordinated smear campaign against her ex-husband. In addition to the difficult time Shah had nailing down a consistent narrative regarding what senior White House staffers knew about the abuse allegations and when, he also had a hard time confirming if Porter resigned of his own accord or if he was sacked.
Shah said that Kelly was referring to the "full nature of the allegations", including "images". "There is no place for domestic violence in our society", he said in a February 7 statement, adding that he had accepted Porter's resignation.
Rob Porter has been actively involved in preparations for Trab's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Shah said Porter's last day was Wednesday.
Cummings has requested that the House Oversight Committee obtain all paperwork Porter "was required to complete as a condition of White House employment", which includes "forms for internal White House vetting" and "the FBI's final investigative report on Robert Porter" by February 22. Another spoke of emotional abuse and of Porter grabbing her and pulling her from the shower.More news: People with acne have high risk of depression
"It's important to remember that Rob Porter has repeatedly denied these allegations, and done so publicly".
Shah's first formal briefing from the White House lectern also comes as financial markets continue to swing wildly, and on Thursday, fell more than 500 points by early afternoon.
Mr Prorter is the third high profile member of Trump's administration to resign in recent times after Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe stepped down from his role following several weeks of harsh criticism targeted at the US President. "In this instance, in the case of Rob Porter, we relied on the background check investigative process".
In a second incident, she said, Porter punched a hole in the front door, prompting her to call police and get a temporary restraining order.
Porter, a Rhodes scholar and Harvard-educated lawyer, worked closely with Chief of Staff Kelly in deciding which articles and policy proposals were given to Trump for his review.More news: Klopp issues response to Lallana's Liverpool U23s red card