‘I Forgive Her’: Trump Fired Assistant Over Nasty Comments About Family And Tiffany Trump’s Weight to Journalists

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President Trump’s firing his personal assistant has been all the talk over the last couple of days. But it goes deeper than just a leak. It’s far more personal for Trump and his family. And, in fact, it’s far more personal for the assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, 28, than what was originally reported.

A Friday Politico report says that Madeleine Westerhout, the president’s personal assistant, was forced to leave her post after telling journalists that the president wouldn’t appear in photographs with his daughter Tiffany because he said she was overweight. Trump was quick to deny that and say that he loves his daughter Tiffany which I’m sure he does. She also spoke to reporters about Trump’s 13-year-old son Barron and his eating habits. Westerhout also reportedly told journalists that she had a better relationship with Trump than his daughters, Tiffany and Ivanka.

Westerhout was fired for the leak which she deserved. But it should be pointed out she leaked after a few drinks with four major media reporters and her comments were supposed to be off-the-record.

Westerhout was the gatekeeper for President Trump and arguably one of the closest people in the White House to the president. In my opinion, she was set up. This is why you never talk to the media. They are infamous for traps like this. They don’t care who they hurt or whose career they trash… all they want is an anti-Trump headline.

Politico’s Daniel Lippman reported that Westerhout had a few drinks at an off-the-record event for the media earlier on Aug. 17th in Bedminster, New Jersey, as the president was vacationing at his golf club there. Whoever leaked that conversation should have lost his or her job but, of course, they didn’t.

From Western Journal:

“Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley left the Embassy Suites restaurant where the event was being held for approximately 45 minutes to do an interview with Fox News, according to the account.

“That’s when the fun, such as it was, began.

“Westerhout allegedly made three separate statements you probably shouldn’t make about your boss. First, she said the president didn’t like taking pictures with Tiffany Trump because she was overweight. Second, she said he couldn’t pick Tiffany out of a crowd. Finally, she said that she had a better relationship with the president than either of his daughters did.

“Well, I guess if she was really under that apprehension, that certainly changed Thursday.

“Trump confirmed on Friday that Westerhout was fired for comments about his children to the media.

“I guess she said some things. She called me. She was very upset. She was very down,” Trump said, according to The Hill. He called the firing “automatic.”

“She called and I wished her well,” he said.

“As for the allegations regarding Tiffany, Trump said they were “absolutely false.”

“She’s going to be calling me when we get to Camp David … It’s absolutely false. She’s a wonderful person and she studies hard,” Trump said.

“Trump also chastised the media for being “dishonest” — keep in mind this was an off-the-record conversation, something that shouldn’t have been repeated in the first place — but added, “you don’t say things like she said, which were just a little bit hurtful to some people.”

“An administration official was a bit more blunt about the press, however: “This was an off-the-record dinner and the media blatantly violated that agreement,” they said, according to Politico.

“There were four reporters present with Westerhout during the dinner and during a ride to a different hotel: Steve Holland with Reuters, Jennifer Jacobs with Bloomberg, Andrew Restuccia with The Wall Street Journal and Phil Rucker with The Washington Post.

“Rucker referred comments about the incident to The Post.

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

“The other journalists refused to comment.

“So, what can we learn from this? Moderation in all things, particularly if you’re around the press.

“Second, the media is not your friend, especially when you’re a Trump administration official. Off-the-record never really means that, apparently, at least if you say something like this.

“Finally, for someone who can summon a significant amount of venom when crossed, the president seems to have handled this with a fair amount of grace. He’s clearly not looking to ruin Westerhout’s life or career. Quite frankly, she’s done a good enough job of it herself, if this report is true. Given the situation, you might have expected something a lot more vigorous. I guess Trump might be more of a softie than we may have imagined.”

This is ‘gotcha journalism’ at its worst. The girl made a rookie mistake of drinking with the enemy and the trap was sprung. The report that outed her cites two sources who are familiar with the off-the-record dinner Madeleine Westerhout had with members of the media.

“She had a couple drinks and in an uncharacteristically unguarded moment, she opened up to the reporters,” said one of the sources to Politico. This is how a career is ended in D.C. Somewhere over drinks and dinner, quietly, over a lie given by some so-called journalist. And now you know why you never, ever speak with the media.

Earlier on Friday, GOP strategist Arthur Schwartz–whose leading role in a broader effort to expose establishment media bigotry, racism, antisemitism, and embarrassing comments has drawn national attention recently–revealed that Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker was the one who burned Westerhout by revealing the supposedly off-the-record comments she made to somebody else. Eventually, the White House discovered what Westerhout did, and the president promptly terminated her employment.

When the president was asked about the report on Friday, he told reporters that Westerhout was a “very good person” and it was too bad that she was leaving. “I wished her well,” he added. He also said he forgave her.

“It is a good reminder that we are all staff,” one White House official told Politico. “We are all replaceable.” And a vital lesson on schmoozing with the media… just don’t do it.

Sources: Western Journal, TheBlaze, The Daily Mail, Breitbart, The RightScoop, The Daily Caller

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