Madeleine Westerhout out as Trump's personal assistant: reports

President Donald Trump’s personal assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, is no longer part of the administration as of Thursday, according to reports.

The 27-year-old’s sudden resignation reportedly came after the president discovered that she shared details about the Trump family and Oval Office operations at a recent off-the-record dinner with reporters in New Jersey, according to a New York Times report that cited two anonymous sources familiar with the departure. Politico later confirmed the exit.

Westerhout was reportedly deemed a “separated employee” immediately after Trump learned of her actions and would not be allowed to return on Friday to the White House, the Times reported.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the director of Oval Office operations’ departure. Westerhout’s desk sat outside the Oval Office since the first day of Trump’s presidency, according to the Times.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 2: Madeleine Westerhout watches as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on Friday, Feb. 02, 2018. President Donald Trump talked to reporters and members of the media about the release of a secret memo on the F.B.I.'s role in the Russia inquiry. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 2: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Madeleine Westerhout watch as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on Friday, Feb. 02, 2018. President Donald Trump talked to reporters and members of the media about the release of a secret memo on the F.B.I.'s role in the Russia inquiry. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump's personal secretary Madeleine Westerhout, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, right, carry bottles of water for members of the media staked out on the South Lawn as former North Korean military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol meets with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Friday, June 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Staffer Madeleine Westerhout escorts former Texas Rep. Henry Bonilla to a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump's personal secretary Madeleine Westerhout stands outside the Oval Office and watches the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President-elect Donald Trump's Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, accompanied by Madeleine Westerhout of the Republican National Committee, left, arrive at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, enters Trump Tower with Trump aide Madeleine Westerhout, before meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Retired Admiral James Stavridis (L), dean of Fletcher School at Tufts University is escorted by Madeleine Westerhout as he arrives at Trump Tower on December 8, 2016 in New York. / AFP / Dominick Reuter (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Former U.S. Representative Henry Bonilla (R) is escorted by Republican National Committee staff member Madeleine Westerhout as he arrives to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) is escorted by RNC employee Madeleine Westerhout as he arrives to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Before her job as the president’s gatekeeper, Westerhout was an assistant to Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Katie Walsh, ProPublica reported. At the same time, she appeared in the public sphere in 2016 as the “greeter” for important figures visiting the president-elect at Trump Tower, according to The Washington Post.

Prior to that, Westerhout interned for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, volunteered for then-state Sen. John Kuhn (R-S.C.) and interned for then-Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.), according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

Politico reported that many officials from Trump’s 2016 campaign were allegedly cautious of Westerhout because she joined the Trump transition from the RNC instead of being an original loyalist to the president. Other RNC alums that joined Trump’s administration only to leave are former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former press secretary Sean Spicer and former deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh.

According to White House records, Westerhout was making $130,000 a year as both the “executive assistant to the president” and the “special assistant to the president,” the latter a position the Post says ranks below both White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and former deputy press secretary Raj Shah.

When veteran journalist Bob Woodward tried to interview the president for his book last year by going through Conway and Shah, Trump told him he should have gone through Westerhout instead.

“Did you speak to Madeleine?” Trump asked Woodward, according to the Post’s transcript of the August 2018 conversation between the two, to which the journalist replied no.

“Madeleine is the key,” he said. “She’s the secret.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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