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."
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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."
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.