President Trump’s executive assistant Madeleine Westerhout resigned on Thursday after she was caught leaking details about Trump’s family and Oval Office operations to reporters.
Westerhout joined Trump’s transition team from the RNC and was not considered a ‘Trump loyalist.’
President Donald Trump’s longtime executive assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, abruptly resigned from the White House on Thursday, after coming under scrutiny for sharing intimate details about the president’s family with reporters, according to two sources familiar with the move.
In the past six months, Westerhout had tried to expand the boundaries of her job to encompass a broader set of tasks and to include foreign travel, said one adviser close to the White House, who suggested Westerhout had tried to act like a de facto chief of staff. This irked several White House officials and Cabinet secretaries who thought she should stick to her primary task of serving as the president’s personal secretary with a desk just outside the Oval Office.
According to the New York Times, President Trump learned on Thursday that Westerhout had “indiscreetly shared details” about Trump’s family and “Oval Office operations” during a recent “off-the-record” dinner with reporters in New Jersey.
This NYT report is accurate, per people familiar. She had an off the record conversation and reporter/s shared it. This info got back to the White House. https://t.co/rtXcy6RdrW
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) August 30, 2019