2019-09-02 01:42:28 UTC
that was so terrible that it might get her canned summarily?
Despite his Apprentice image, Trump palpably dislikes firing
people. Hed rather let them linger and make their lives
miserable (e.g., Jeff Sessions) than pull the plug, possibly
because he understands that he has more leverage over them as
long as they continue to work for him. Westerhout sat right
outside the Oval Office too so she would know better than most
in the West Wing what he was doing and who he was talking to at
any given moment of his presidency. In other words, she would
have lots of tell-all fodder potentially.
Better to keep her on staff, contrite, and quiet than to risk
making a loquacious enemy of her by firing her unless she said
something so terrible that there was no other option.
Per Politico, its pretty bad. Its not a leak but its nasty.
Madeleine Westerhout, who left her White House job suddenly on
Thursday as President Trumps personal assistant, was fired
after bragging to reporters that she had a better relationship
with Trump than his own daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany Trump, and
that the president did not like being in pictures with Tiffany
because he perceived her as overweight
Westerhout also jokingly told the journalists that Trump
couldnt pick Tiffany out of a crowd, said one of the people.
She had a couple drinks and in an uncharacteristically
unguarded moment, she opened up to the reporters, the person
This was an off-the-record dinner and the media blatantly
violated that agreement, an administration official said.
Who burned Westerhout? Ed noted earlier that theres always been
speculation about her as a leaker, partly because she came over
from the RNC rather than the Trump campaign and partly because
she was superbly positioned to watch his activities during the
day. But if Westerhout was an important leaker, its bizarre
that reporters would have shared her comments about the Trump
daughters and risked her getting fired. Theyd be killing the
golden goose, a prime source of material for their own dishy
scoops about Trump.
Politico notes that Trump press aide Hogan Gidley was also at
the dinner but left for an hour or so to do an interview with
Fox News, at which point Westerhout supposedly began blabbing
about the Trump girls. Maybe Gidley returned to the dinner and
ended up chatting with one of the reporters to the effect of
Whatd you guys talk about while I was gone? At which point
the reporter might have shared Westerhouts gossip with Gidley
and then Gidley might have shared it with the White House. Per
Eds post this morning, some in the building had knives out for
her already due to her attempts to expand her portfolio. Maybe
Gidley was part of that.
Whats Westerhouts move now? Shes only 29 and came to Trump
from establishment Washington, so its conceivable that shell
keep her mouth shut about what she saw in the White House and
try to catch on in some other, more traditional Republican
office. But maybe her disloyalty to Trump has now made her
radioactive to anti-Trumpers too. Who wants an executive
assistant prone to chattering to reporters about your issues
with your own children? If shes frozen out of politics because
of her mistake, the only thing left to do might be to write that
tell-all and cash in. Maybe the White House realizes that and is
working quietly behind the scenes to get her a position with a
Republican office in Congress somewhere. Keep her on the team
and shell keep quiet, hopefully.