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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Donald Trump Sacks First Black Female Chief Usher at White House



The Trump administration has fired the White House chief usher — the first woman and second African-American to hold the nonpartisan position, according to a report.

The report by AP revealed that the White House residence staff was told Friday morning that Angella Reid, appointed in 2011 by President Obama, had been canned, without offering an explanation, the Washington Post reported, citing a source.


“We are very grateful for her service and wish her the very best,” a White House official confirmed, declining to provide details.

Reid was only the third usher to be booted in more than a century — and the first since then-first lady Hillary Clinton canned an usher in 1994 for supposed disloyalty. White House ushers are on duty 24/7, taking care of the first family’s needs and overseeing the staff, including chefs, florists, maids, butlers, chefs, carpenters and other workers who take care of the presidential residence.

The chief usher in particular works closely with the president and his family. Reid had replaced the first African-American chief usher, Adm. Stephen W. Rochon, after he took a job at the Department of Homeland Security.

Ushers generally serve long terms in the White House, and there have been just nine since 1900. Reid was believed to be only the third usher fired from the job.

The last one to get the boot was Chris Emery, who was canned by Bill and Hillary Clinton in March 1994 in a bout of paranoia after they learned he had spoken on the phone with former first lady Barbara Bush after the Clintons took office.

A spokesman for Hillary Clinton said at the time that she and her hubby were “uncomfortable” with Emery and that he had shown “a lack of discretion” by talking on the phone with the first lady’s predecessor.

Emery, who was hired by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, admitted talking to Mrs. Bush after she called him to help fix a glitch in her computer.

“Why on earth would they ever single out Mrs. Bush? It doesn’t make any sense. They’re implying I’m sharing family secrets, but the Bushes aren’t running for anything,” Emery told the New York Times at the time, adding that it was not unusual for ushers to take calls from prior administrations.




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