Report: Trump's Personal Assistant Abruptly Quits

Sources say Madeleine Westerhout shared details about Trump family
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2019 2:07 AM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2019 6:35 AM CDT
Report: Trump's Personal Assistant Abruptly Quits
Madeleine Westerhout, left, and then-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, right, carry bottles of water for members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 1, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Madeleine Westerhout, who has served as President Trump's personal assistant and "Oval Office gatekeeper" since the presidential transition, abruptly quit Thursday after she was accused of leaking details about White House operations and the president's family, sources tell the New York Times. The sources say Westerhout, whose office was in front of the Oval Office, is now considered a "separated employee" and will not be allowed to return to the White House on Friday. Insiders tell CNN that Westerhout resigned after Trump learned that she had shared information during an off-the-record dinner with reporters during the president's working vacation at his New Jersey golf club.

She also allegedly gossiped about reporters who had been seeking access to the president. Westerhout, whose formal title was special assistant to the president and director of Oval Office operations, worked for the Republican National Committee before becoming an aide to the president. Insiders tell CBS that the 29-year-old was long suspected of disloyalty by those who came to the White House from Trump campaign instead of the RNC. "She was a spy from Day 1 who sought to use her proximity to the president to curry favor with his detractors," one official claims. In his book American Carnage, Tim Alberta wrote that Westerhout was seen crying on election night when it became clear that Trump was going to win. (More President Trump stories.)

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