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Madeleine Westerhout carries bottles of water into the white house rose garden
President Donald Trump's personal assistant, Madeleine Westerhout (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Thursday, 29 August 2019 10:22 PM

President Donald Trump's personal assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, who has served since Day 1 of his administration, resigned Thursday, The New York Times reported.

The abrupt departure came after Trump learned she had shared details about his family and Oval Office operations at a recent off-the-record dinner with reporters staying near Bedminster, N.J., during the president's working vacation, the Times reported, citing unnamed sources.

According to the Times, the breach of trust required immediate action — and she will not be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.

She did not respond to the Times' request for comment.

Politco reported Friday that Westerhout had bragged to a group of reporters that she had a better relationship with the president than his daughters Ivanka and Tiffany Trump do.

Westerhout reportedly joked that Trump couldn't pick Tiffany Trump out of a crowd and said that the president didn't like posing for photos with her because he perceives her as being overweight.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House before departing for Camp David for the weekend, Trump called the whole situatione "unfortunate," but said Westerhout's dismissal had to be "automatic."

"I think she had a bad night," Trump said. "She said she was drinking. The whole thing was very unfortunate."

But he also slammed whoever in the press let her words become public.

"I think the press is very dishonest because it's supposed to be off the record," Trump said. "A little bit hurtful to some people."

He defended his youngest daughter, saying, "Tiffany is great."

The dinnter took place with The Washington Post's Phil Rucker, Bloomberg News' Jennifer Jacobs, Reuters' Steve Holland and The Wall Street Journal's Andrew Restuccia, according to Politico, and Westerhout rode in a car afterward with Rucker and Holland.

Donald Trump Jr. confidant Arthur Schwart publicly accused Rucker of being the person who "burned" Westerhout.

Washington Post national editor Steven Ginsberg defended Rucker, telling Politico, "Philip Rucker is one of the best and most scrupulous reporters in the news business. He has always acted with the utmost honor and integrity and has never violated Washington Post standards or policies."

Trump has long fumed about leaks that have occurred during his tenure, and has tried to clamp down on the unauthorized disclosures, The Hill noted.

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Madeleine Westerhout, President Donald Trump's personal assistant who has served since Day 1 of his administration, resigned Thursday, according to The New York Times.
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