In these divisive times of political warfare, people in positions of power have to be asking themselves daily who they can trust. The answer, no matter how long you’ve been in Washington D.C., is unfortunately nobody.
President Donald Trump’s personal assistant throughout his time in the White House, Madeleine Westerhout, resigned Thursday amid allegations that she divulged information about the Trump “family and the Oval Office operations she was part of at a recent off-the-record dinner with reporters staying at hotels near Bedminster, N.J. during the president’s working vacation,” according to the New York Times.
The NYT reported:
The breach of trust meant immediate action: Ms. Westerhout, one of the people familiar with her departure said, was now considered a “separated employee” and would not be allowed to return to the White House on Friday[…]
Ms. Westerhout, a former Republican National Committee aide who also worked for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, 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.
Westerhout had been Trump’s personal assistant since his first day in office in 2017.
While it’s not exactly clear whether Westerhout intentionally leaked information or not, trust of her within the White House is now such that she won’t be returning in any official capacity.
H/T: The Blaze