President Donald Trump's personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout resigned from her job after the White House learned that she had revealed personal information about Trump and his family to reporters in an "off-the-record" conversation.
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FILE: 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 NY.
The off-the-record meeting with reporters happened in New Jersey as the president was vacationing. These words got out, it got back to the president. This reportedly "irked" a number of White House officials and Cabinet secretaries who felt she should stay within the boundaries of her role as personal secretary to the President.
"I think the press is very dishonest because it was supposed to be off the record", he said.
Westerhout, although not in the public eye as much as, say, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway or Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, was said to have the president's ear as his ultimate gatekeeper.
US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron and her mother Amalija Knavs in Washington June 30, 2018. Also on Friday, CNN, citing multiple unnamed people, reported that Westerhout shared "intimate details" about the first family.
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The White House had no comment Friday.
However, a former senior White House official defended Westerhout to CBS and denied the report that she had cried after Trump's victory.
One former official said of Westerhout, "she was a spy from day one who sought to use her proximity to the president to curry favor with his detractors".
The 29-year-old executive assistant was reportedly earning $145,000 (£120,000) when she was terminated.
When veteran journalist Bob Woodward complained to Mr Trump in an interviewthat his request to speak with him had not been passed along by more prominent aides such as Kellyanne Conway, Mr Trump said he should have contacted Ms Westerhout.
Westerhout previously worked at the Republican National Committee and on Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign.