Short then emphasized that as soon as Chief of Staff General John Kelly learned the full extent of the allegations, Porter was off the job job within 24 hours.
Communications Director Hope Hicks, who was dating the staff secretary, helped draft the original statements defending him, according to three current and former White House officials.
The president has fumed that Kelly was too slow in bringing the allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter to his attention.
But it was in keeping with the White House's initially defensive reaction to the charges against Mr Porter, a messy trail of conflicting statements that has left the West Wing in turmoil, with angry officials pointing fingers at one another.
Stephanopoulos wondered why Trump's sympathies immediately go to a man accused of sexual abuse or harassment.
"Please tell Jake that I have full faith in chief of staff John Kelly and that I'm not actively searching for replacements", she told Tapper on Sunday.
President Trump tweeted Saturday that "lives are being destroyed" without Due Process. "They were trotted out again late previous year", Conway told "This Week".
Trump's comments come amid a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse that has resulted in several powerful men resigning or being forced out of their posts, including film producer Harvey Weinstein, Republican financier Steve Wynn and former Democratic Senator Al Franken.
"In talking with the President, I think he's saddened about what happened with Rob", Short told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "I don't need a lecture from her or anybody else".
"You falsely alleged rape by the #CentralParkFive even AFTER they were exonerated, but said nothing about due process for 5 black boys", Cornell William Brooks, a former president of the NAACP, said in a tweet.
As in most Conway interviews, there were head-scratching moments.
Porter, for his part, denied the allegations through White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders earlier this month, saying: "These outrageous allegations are simply false". "General Kelly has said otherwise".
Sorensen has denied the allegations and told the newspaper that he stepped down because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction". "That's why you do a background check", Maloney said. The surprising argument, although Donald Trump himself has long blamed Obama for many of his shortcoming, had "Jeanine Pirro" trending on Twitter Sunday morning - with very little positive being said about her on the social media platform.
ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said "her relationship with truth is most charitably described as it's complicated in this".
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