President Donald Trump has had a big problem with self-absorbed officials in the White House leaking information to the press.
While several officials haven’t been caught, the president just caught one of the leakers — and he fired her immediately. Trump’s longtime personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout suddenly resigned on Thursday — and Trump just revealed why she had to go.
According to Politico, Westerhout was forced to leave her post after telling journalists that the president wouldn’t appear in photographs with his daughter Tiffany because he said she was overweight.
Trump had every right to fire her over this. Here’s more from the report on what she said at the “off-the-record” dinner:
So, off to the races we went. And, lo and behold, we got to the finish line rather quickly. Politico’s Daniel Lippman reported Westerhout had a few drinks at an off-the-record event for the media earlier on Aug. 17 in Bedminster, New Jersey, as the president was vacationing at his golf club there.
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley left the Embassy Suites restaurant where the event was being held for approximately 45 minutes to do an interview with Fox News, according to the account. Westerhout allegedly made three separate statements you probably shouldn’t make about your boss.
First, she said the president didn’t like taking pictures with Tiffany Trump because she was overweight. Second, she said he couldn’t pick Tiffany out of a crowd. Finally, she said that she had a better relationship with the president than either of his daughters did.
While speaking with reporters on Friday, Trump confirmed that he fired her for smearing his children.
“I guess she said some things. She called me. She was very upset. She was very down,” Trump said.
He called the firing “automatic.”
“She called and I wished her well,” he said. As for the allegations regarding Tiffany, Trump said they were “absolutely false.”
“She’s going to be calling me when we get to Camp David … It’s absolutely false. She’s a wonderful person and she studies hard,” Trump said.
Trump also chastised the media for being “dishonest,” adding, “you don’t say things like she said, which were just a little bit hurtful to some people.”
An administration official spoke with Politico about the entire ordeal, and they were much more blunt: “This was an off-the-record dinner and the media blatantly violated that agreement.”
Westerhout has been a top assistant to Trump for quite some time. In fact, her desk was right outside of the Oval Office.
She has worked in the White House since the very beginning, but she reportedly has never been loyal to the president.
Westerhout allegedly leaked intimate details about the Trump family and the inner workings of the White House to several reporters at an off-the-record dinner.
But she didn’t make it clear that her comments were off the record, and the media went wild with hit pieces on Trump.
Westerhout reportedly was in tears when Trump won on Election Night.