White House criticized for firing first female usher without explanation

The Trump White House has reportedly fired Angella Reid, the first female to hold the chief usher position.

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that "when the White House residence staff arrived at work Friday morning, they were told that Reid was no longer employed, according to someone with knowledge of the dismissal. A White House official confirmed that Reid is no longer working at the White House."

CNN notes that "the White House usher is responsible for the management of the building and oversees residence staff."

Members of Trump's senior administration

Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions
See Gallery
Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions

Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

(Photo credit DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Energy secretary: Rick Perry

(Photo credit KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

 REUTERS/Daniel Kramer

Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

(Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

(JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Chief strategist: Steve Bannon


Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

(Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

(Photo by Michael Schwartz/Getty Images)

White House counsel: Donald McGahn

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

(Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

(Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

(Photo credit NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

(BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)

No reason was given for Reid's dismissal, but the move is considered unusual given that permanent staff tend to have long tenures at the White House.

Reid, the second African-American to fill the role, was hired by the Obama administration in 2011 after working in a management capacity at the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton, notes NBC News.

She told CNN last year about her job overseeing the White House facility and its internal functions, "It gives me a sense of awe, the fact that slaves built this house and I now work in this house as a leader, something out of my wildest dreams."

SEE ALSO: Will Republicans and Democrats continue to cut Trump out of key negotiations?

An official has since told the Post about her firing, "We are very grateful for her service and wish her the very best."

However, members of the previous administration have spoken out, with Obama's former White House deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mastromonaco‏ retweeting the Post story with the comment, "This is really some s**t. Please RT so people know who 45 thinks is disposable."

Meanwhile, Princeton professor Alan B. Krueger, Obama's former top economic adviser, tweeted, "Angella was a model worker. She has perfect recall of names and faces. She served the White House with honor."

According to the Daily Mail, Reid was replaced with someone from the Trump Organization. The site claims that the Trump administration replaced her with a loyal supporter after she made it known she was a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.