Trump says aide left White House because she said something 'hurtful' about his kids

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that his personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout had departed because she made “hurtful” comments about his children during an off-the-record dinner with journalists.

“I really think she had a bad night,” he told reporters on his way to Camp David. “I think it was unfortunate.” Still, he added, “you don’t say things like she said, which were just a little bit hurtful to some people. She mentioned a couple of things about my children.” (See the video above.)

Despite that, he appeared compassionate about Westerhout’s situation.

She called me. She was very upset, she was very down,” Trump said. “It’s too bad. I wished her well.” Trump, who called Westerhout, 27, a “very good person” who did a great job, didn’t say if she had been fired or had resigned, only that her departure Thursday was “automatic.”

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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)
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Politico reported Saturday that Westerhout resigned because she had mocked Trump’s relationship with his children at an Aug. 17 dinner near the president’s golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

After a “couple of drinks,” she boasted that Ivanka and Tiffany Trump were closer to her than to their father, two sources told Politico. She also quipped that the president was so unfamiliar with Tiffany that he couldn’t pick her out in a crowd. The New York Times reported that she also talked about Trump’s eating habits, his thoughts on Tiffany’s appearance, and his youngest son, Barron.

Trump told reporters: “Tiffany is great. I love Tiffany.” The president said he would call his younger daughter when he reached Camp David. 

Westerhout, a former Republican Party aide, has been with Trump since he was elected.

Trump scolded the “dishonest media” for ignoring the rules of an off-the-record dinner. “This was an off-the-record dinner and the media blatantly violated that agreement,” an administration official told Politico. Westerhout’s confidences, however, only appeared to have been discussed later at the White House, and not to the public.

A friend of Donald Trump Jr. accused Phil Rucker of The Washington Post of “burning” Westerhout.

But Steven Ginsberg, national editor at The Washington Post, said in a statement to Politico that Rucker is “one of the best and most scrupulous reporters in the news business. He has always acted with the utmost honor and integrity and has never violated Washington Post standards or policies.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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