White House dismisses chief usher, 1st woman to hold post

Tomas Mccoy
May 6, 2017

Reid was the first woman and second African-American to hold the post.

"We very grateful for her service and wish her the very best", an official said.

A White House official confirmed to TPM that Angella Reid "is no longer employed by the White House".

While Sanders said it wasn't uncommon for staffs to transition between administrations, chief ushers typically hold their positions for longer tenures and through different presidencies.

Reached by phone, Reid declined to comment, saying only, "I think it's best if the White House explains". Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley is cited in the Post article as calling Reid's unceremonious dismissal highly unusual-especially without any explanation for the firing being provided.

Former Obama aide Graham Brookie conveyed that sentiment: "Ms. Reid was incredible at her job".

"He was simply being complimentary of the prime minister", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary for the White House, during Friday's daily briefing with reporters. She was hired under President Barack Obama in October 2011.

Sudden dismissals from the White House's permanent staff are rare. Warm, kind, & commanded respect of the White House. The chief usher also works closely with the first family on matters including art, decor and furnishings.

"The Trump administration seems anxious about Obama's spies, and there may have been a feeling that she wasn't on page with the Trumpians", presidential historian Douglas Brinkley told the Post.

Prior to joining the White House staff, Reid was General Manager of the Pentagon City Ritz-Carlton.

Others on the residential staff tend to stay even longer.

Reid, who had 25 years experience in hotel management, happened upon the position at a pool party. "You just come on board and you have to click, in the past it would not have occurred to [a first family] to make a change at the top like that".

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