Trump’s personal assistant abruptly resigns
President Trump’s personal assistant and director of Oval Office operations Madeleine Westerhout abruptly resigned Thursday.
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. 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.
In Trump world there are leaks you can get away with, and there are leaks you cannot get away with. Anything having to do with the family falls into the second category.
Westerhout, 29, had worked for the Republican National Committee and the transition team before becoming a close aide to the president. She was often seen on camera escorting visitors through the Trump Tower lobby during the transition.
The White House had no on the record comment.
The dinner was not the first time she has been gossiping with reporters present. At a farewell event for former press secretary Sarah Sanders, Westerhout bragged about her gatekeeper status. Current and former White House officials found her to be a divisive personality and suspected she was disloyal to the president.
One former official said of Westerhout, “she was a spy from day one who sought to use her proximity to the president to curry favor with his detractors.”
Politico reporter Tim Alberta wrote in his book “American Carnage” that Westerhout was “inconsolable” and seen crying on election night once it became clear Mr. Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton.
Westerhout could not be reached for comment Thursday night.
Westerhout’s desk was just outside the Oval Office. As a special assistant to the president and director of Oval Office operations, Westerhout earned $145,000 annually.
The New York Times first reported Westerhout’s resignation.
Sara Cook contributed to this report.