Published: Sun, September 01, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump says personal assistant was ‘drinking’ when she made 'hurtful' comments

Trump says personal assistant was ‘drinking’ when she made 'hurtful' comments

The New York Times, which first reported her firing, cited a White House source who said she is now considered a "separated employee" and would be barred from returning to the executive mansion on Friday. "I don't say "fire" or 'not fire.' I really think she had a bad night".

"She's a wonderful person and she studies hard", Trump told reporters, according to The Sun.

Calling what Trump is doing, "economic self-immolation", Robinson added, "He's clearly hurting the USA economy and China's economy and to what end?"

Both White House and Westerhout have declined to comment on the matter. "She's the secret", Mr Trump said.

"While Madeleine Westerhout has a fully enforceable confidentiality agreement, she is a very good person and I don't think there would ever be reason to use it". A reporter divulged details about the dinner to White House staff, the people said.

"You don't say things like she said", he said, adding that her departure was "automatic".

Politico reported that she Trump does not appear with daughter Tiffany in pictures because she's overweight., adding that Trump "couldn't pick Tiffany out of a crowd".

"She had a couple drinks and in an uncharacteristically unguarded moment, she opened up to the reporters", said one of the sources to Politico.

He dismissed the comments as "absolutely false".

Ms Westerhout's power is said to have come nearly entirely from her closeness to the president, with her office sitting in front of the Oval Office.

In February, after Axios published leaked copies of Trump's private schedule with copious amounts of free time, Westerhout criticized the leak and defended the president.

As part of her job, Westerhout controlled who had access to the president.

It is unclear how Mr Trump learned of the conversation.

Westerhout previously worked at the Republican National Committee and on Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the president has been briefed hourly on the storm and that he "participated in several phone calls".

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