Madeleine Elise Westerhout (born October 8, 1990) is the former Director of Oval Office Operations at the White House from February to August 2019. Prior to that, from 2017 to 2019, she served as the Personal Secretary to U.S. President Donald Trump. She was fired on August 29, 2019 after Trump learned she had shared details of the Trump family and Oval Office operations with reporters during an off the record dinner earlier that month.
|Director of Oval Office Operations|
February 2, 2019 – August 29, 2019
|Preceded by||Jordan Karem|
|Personal Secretary to the President|
January 20, 2017 – February 2, 2019
|Preceded by||Ferial Govashiri|
|Succeeded by||Molly A. Michael|
Madeleine Elise Westerhout
October 8, 1990
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|Education||College of Charleston (BA)|
Early life and educationEdit
Westerhout was born in Newport Beach, California and spent most of her time growing up in Irvine, California. She studied at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, receiving a BA degree in political science in 2013. After her graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a fitness trainer in the Pure Barre gym of Carrie Rezabek Dorr.
In the 2012 presidential election, Westerhout worked for the campaign of Mitt Romney. In 2013, she worked for candidate John Kuhn in the Republican primary for the special election in South Carolina's first congressional district. Later that year, she interned for Congressman John Campbell. In the summer of 2013, Westerhout began working for the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party Organizing Committee. From January 2015, she worked as an assistant to RNC chief of staff Katie Walsh.
On January 19, 2017, Donald Trump's transition team announced that Westerhout would serve as special assistant and executive assistant to the President. A June 2018 release of White House salary data revealed that Westerhout was paid $130,000 USD for the position. She was promoted to Director of Oval Office Operations on February 2, 2019.
In February 2019, Westerhout called a leak of Trump's schedule a "disgraceful breach of trust."
On August 29, 2019, she was fired after it was revealed that she had shared details about Trump's family and White House operations to reporters at an off-the-record dinner. Politico reported she was fired because she boasted of having a better relationship with Trump than his daughters did, and that she said Trump disliked being photographed with daughter Tiffany Trump because he considered her overweight.
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