The plot thickens. It turns out a major source of leaks coming from the White House was a never Trumper who once worked for Mitt Romney.
To be sure, Trump never trusted her or most of the establishment figures brought in by the RNC.
But look, it is tough to staff up in a town after you just demolished by sides of the establishment.
Don’t forget, Trump took them all on and won and they had it in for him from the start. Look at the Russia debacle, the media hit pieces, and of course the leaks.
Madeleine Westerhout was Trump’s personal assistant – her desk was right outside Trump’s.
She came with the Republican National Committee staff – never big fans of Trump and has been there since his first day on the job.
She supposedly leaked some intimate details about Trump’s family and the inner workings of the White House to a bunch of reporters at an off-the-record dinner.
But she didn’t make it clear that her comments were off the record and it looks like a major hit piece is coming soon from someone in the media.
This is how the New York Times describes Westerhout:
“Ms. Westerhout, a former Republican National Committee aide who also worked for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, reportedly cried on election night because she was upset over Mr. Trump’s victory. As such, the president at first viewed her warily, as a late convert to his cause who could not be trusted.”
Now it is all starting to make sense. From CNN:
A former White House official told CNN that Trump was close with Westerhout — whose office was directly in front of the Oval Office — but discussing personal information about his family was a red line.
Her ouster marks yet another departure from an administration beset by a series of exits by high-ranking officials, and it underlines the President’s battle against the extensive leaks out of the White House and his greater campaign against the press.
The New York Times was the first to report Westerhout’s exit. Citing a source with knowledge of her departure, The Times reported that Westerhout was considered a “separated employee” Thursday and would not be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
A person familiar with the dinner at the Embassy Suites hotel in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey — where reporters stay during Trump’s visits — said Westerhout and deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley attended a dinner alongside several reporters during his most recent trip.
These dinners are common during the President’s trips and are typically treated as off the record, as was this one.
Westerhout’s abrupt departure came as a surprise to her colleagues who had no idea about the matter, several people told CNN. She was seen as someone loyal to Trump and a true believer in his policies, sources said, though it has been reported in two books she was in tears when he won on Election Night.
Before joining the Trump administration, Westerhout served as the assistant to Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Katie Walsh, who later became a senior adviser to the Trump transition team.