Trump’s longtime personal assistant, Madeline Westerhout forced to resign after leaking private information about his family—
President Trump has confirmed the resignation of his personal assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, after she divulged personal information about the Trump family during an off-the-record dinner with reporters.
Trump confirmed to reporters on the White House South Lawn that Westerhout had apparently been drinking when she commented on the president’s children to reporters.
“I think it was automatic I don’t say ‘fire’ or ‘not fire.’ I really think she had a bad night. I think it was unfortunate. She said she was drinking” Trump told reporters after Westerhout’s departure.
President Trump called Westerhout a “good person” and declared the entire situation “unfortunate,” scolding the press for sharing details of an off-the-record conversation. Trump said he loves his younger daughter, Tiffany, after Politico reported Westerhout said the president doesn’t like to appear in pictures with her.
The president said he spoke to Westerhout, who was “very upset” and explained to her that she said “things about his children” to reporters off the record.
“I think the press is very dishonest because it was supposed to be off the record, But, still, you don’t say things like she said which were just a little bit hurtful to some people” he said.
Westerhout, one of the few aides remaining from the earliest days of Trump’s administration, abruptly departed from her White House post this week. She kept a low public profile even though she was one of the most influential members of Trump’s team of aides, with a desk just outside the Oval Office.
Her phone regularly buzzed with calls from lawmakers and other top officials seeking to get through to the president.