Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

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

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

Residence staff learned of the dismissal on Friday morning, the Washington Post reported. Reid had worked at the White House since 2011, when she became the first woman to serve in the role after she left her position as the general manager of a Ritz-Carlton. Trump administration officials confirmed that Reid is no longer employed at the White House.

The longest-serving White House chief usher in American history was Irwin H. Hoover, who occupied the role from 1909 all the way through 1933. The last one that people interviewed for this story recall was in 1993, when the Clintons fired an assistant usher who had a friendly phone conversation with Barbara Bush that was thought to be inappropriate. In fact, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders commented on the firing during her Friday afternoon briefing, filling in for Sean Spicer, and had nothing but nice, complimentary things to say about Reid. Warm, kind, & commanded respect of the White House.

Some White House insiders claiming to have inside knowledge of the environment surrounding the chief usher and the staff claim tensions have emerged among the residence workers supervised by Angella Reid.

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"Knowing Angella, I doubt seriously that she would have done something herself to cause this", said Stephen Rochon, Reid's predecessor.

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"For the staff, she was a little tough on them because they could be free-wheeling", a former White House official who reportedly maintains contact with current residence staff, said.

Reid, who had 25 years experience in hotel management, happened upon the position at a pool party. "She is definitely professional but you're not going to please everybody".

Reid, appointed to the position by President Obama, had only had the job for six years.

According to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, a source within the administration attributed Reid's firing to the inaction of First Lady Melania Trump in hiring new staff.

It is simply nothing more than the transition of staff, she added.

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