Pres. Donald Trump’s longtime personal assistant, Madeline Westerhout, resigned after the president found out that she had given out intimate details about the First Family to reporters.
According to the New York Times, Trump learned Westerhout revealed private, intimate details about his family and the White House while they were on vacation in Bedminister, New Jersey.
Westerhout gave up the info at an off-the-record dinner and after learning what she said, Pres. Trump shut down her access to the White House. Her status was changed to a “separated employee,” Upon hearing of her comments, she was immediately barred from the White House grounds and labeled a “separated employee.” She officially resigned from her job on Thursday.
The write up for Westerhout made her sound like a piece of work. Learning that she previously worked for Mitt Romney and cried the night Trump was elected tells me everything I need to know about her. Keep a watch out for her because if she gets picked up by Romney again, she could have been part of the leaker crew, which I think she was already.
Ms. Westerhout, a former Republican National Committee aide who also worked for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, reportedly cried on election night because she was upset over Mr. Trump’s victory. As such, the president at first viewed her warily, as a late convert to his cause who could not be trusted.
But some of Mr. Trump’s top officials — like John F. Kelly, who has since left as chief of staff — tried to turn Ms. Westerhout into an ally who could help them manage Oval Office traffic. They hoped that she could block individuals from reaching the president on the phone or in person, and that she would report back on the calls and meetings that made it through.
Ms. Westerhout’s power in the White House came almost entirely from proximity. She is not a name-brand White House aide and has never appeared on television, unless it was an accidental shot of her hovering behind her boss. But while she was not a decision maker, she enjoyed unique access to Mr. Trump.
She also often shared snapshots on her private Instagram account of her life in the West Wing, including travel to rallies and Trump properties, and in one post she joked that she had been responsible for printing out a piece of paper that Mr. Trump held up and referred to at a public event. [NY Times]
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KEY QUESTION: Assuming this dinner did not include any other White House staff, how did this information “get back to the White House?”
Did a reporter out her by breaking an off-the-record agreement?
If so, was it done to curry favor for future access? https://t.co/gcziIPTxy2
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 30, 2019
Westerhout has sat outside the Oval Office since Day 1 of the admin. Has become a trusted aide to Trump, but is out after talk of recent indiscreet chatter got to POTUS https://t.co/bvlD0HhcSU via me and @MaggieNYT
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) August 30, 2019
The White House did not comment to the Times for the story.
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