Politico’s Dan Lippman reported on Friday an apparent “scoop” about the reason behind the abrupt departure of Donald Trump’s personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout Thursday evening.
Apparently Westerhout got slightly tipsy at a dinner held for reporters who were covering her boss at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort when she found herself freed of inhibitions, and told the gathered crowd that “she had a better relationship with Trump than his own daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany Trump, and that the president did not like being in pictures with Tiffany because he perceived her as overweight.”
The dinner was held during Trump’s trip to Bedminster earlier this month, and given her extreme proximity to the President — his confidante, obviously — reporters had been in a frenzy to find out the details of her dismissal.
Citing “two people familiar with the matter,” Lippman writes that Westerhout drunkenly told the reporters that Trump “couldn’t pick Tiffany out of a crowd.” Tiffany Trump, of course, is Donald’s one child with his second wife, Marla Maples, and does not appear frequently with the family (for what seem like obvious reasons to this writer).
Regardless of the truth of the statements, they had to have been hurtful to Tiffany at least, and embarrassing for the President. Of course, firing Westerhout for the inebriated admission essentially confirms that he actually did say those things to her, so we’ll reserve our sympathy for Tiffany in this situation.
Ironically, Westerhout was seen as one of the best keepers of the President’s secrets, having acted as essentially the gatekeeper for a President who notoriously wants calls, meetings, and events screened for anyone who may not be an ally or true believer.
Friends of the White House were, of course, furious that reporters at an “off the record” dinner would so gregariously violate the protocols of such an event. Trump himself, as well as his spokespeople, had no comment for Lippman’s story, but we’re certain a tweetstorm will invariably follow this revelation, undoubtedly with new accusations of fake news and fabrication by the Washington Post, whose reporter Philip Rucker was among those present during the bacchanalian revelation, along with writers from Bloomberg, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal.
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