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Trump’s Personal Assistant Is Now Out of Her Job

Reports primarily from the mainstream media are noting the employee had attended an off-the-record dinner recently with members of the press

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President Donald Trump’s personal assistant, Madeleine Westerhout — who was also director of Oval Office operations — apparently abruptly resigned her position on Thursday, according to reports.

“During the president’s vacation at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey earlier this month, Westerhout attended an off-the-record dinner with reporters at the Grain and Cane restaurant in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey,” CBS News reported.

“Sources with knowledge of the dinner told CBS she had been drinking and disclosed private details about the president’s family. She also gossiped about TV news personalities seeking access to the president,” the news outlet also said.

Westerhout is 29.

“She had worked for the Republican National Committee as an assistant to Chief of Staff Katie Walsh and the transition team before becoming a close aide to the president,” CBS News also noted.

As most professionals and executives know, any employee who discloses private, personal information about a president’s family to members of the press clearly is not an ally to the president, or any leader, for that matter — and is likely violating signed agreements to that effect.

CNN was also all over this latest news about the job change.

“Madeleine Westerhout was forced to resign as executive assistant to the president on Thursday after Trump learned she had shared information with reporters at a recent off-the-record meeting, during which she didn’t say her comments were off the record, according to sources familiar with her departure,” the outlet reported. “A reporter divulged details about the dinner to White House staff, the people said.”

The New York Times was the first to report Westerhout’s exit, as CNN noted.

“Citing a source with knowledge of her departure, The Times reported that Westerhout was considered a ‘separated employee’ Thursday and would not be allowed to return to the White House on Friday. CNN has learned Westerhout was not in the West Wing this week due to a scheduled summer vacation, and her White House phone has already been disconnected.”

The Times claimed the following, and more, about her: “[She] 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.”

“She also often shared snapshots on her private Instagram account of her life in the West Wing.”

“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,” The Times piece continued. “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.”

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