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

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The first woman and second African-American to serve as the White House chief usher was abruptly fired Friday morning, according to multiple reports.

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

Reid joined the White House from the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain, where she was general manager of the Pentagon City location.

Specifically, she said that Reid was let go "on very good terms", and said there was "nothing more" to the firing than standard turnover between administrations.

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The chief usher and residence staff are not political positions, and it's highly unusual for someone to leave at the beginning of a new administration.

The usher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the White House.

Cruelty? In Donald Trump's White House? No one interviewed for the Post story could recall an abrupt firing from the White House permanent staff since 1993.

Well, at least she no longer has to worry about Trump trying to turn everything in the residence a lurid gold color.

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Angella Reid during the Obama presidency.

"For the staff, she was a little tough on them because they could be free-wheeling", said a former White House official, who is frequently in touch with the residence staff and requested anonymity to describe the personnel situation.

The last chief usher, Stephen Rochon, only served for four years, and he left to accept a position at the Department of Homeland Security. Reid was only the ninth Usher since the start of the 20th century, and it was considered to be a long-standing, multi-administration job.

"These are the people that have the most intimate details and knowledge of how you live your life", McBride said of the relationship between the household staff and the first family. A White House that's seeking to make sexual assault and Caesarean sections fall under pre-existing conditions?

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