The White House fired a black woman who was hired as the White House’s chief usher under former President Barack Obama.
Former White House Chief Usher Angella Reid was the first woman to hold job. The Washington Post first reported Reid was terminated from her job on Friday morning, while President Donald Trump was away in New Jersey.
Reid’s job duties included running the executive mansion (where the first family lives) and overseeing the staff and events in the White House residence.
“We are very grateful for her service and wish her the best,” a White House official told the Post.
Reid was the first black woman and the 2nd black person to be chief usher. She was hired in 2011 under President Obama’s administration.
No reason was given for Reid’s termination, but it isn’t hard to guess why.
The Trump administration had earlier vowed to fire any White House employee suspected of leaking insider information to the media or to the former administration.
Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is substituting for Sean Spicer temporarily, said the deputy White House usher would assume Reid’s duties until a permanent usher is hired.