The Trump White House has booted its chief usher, Angella Reid, the first female and second African American to serve in the position.
FILE – In this Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, the then-incoming White House chief usher Angella Reid is photographed in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington. The White House has fired Reid, the person who responsible for managing the residence and staff its and overseeing events. No reason was given for Reid’s dismissal. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
The Washington Post first reported the dismissal, saying White House staff showed up to work on the morning of May 5 only to be told Reid was no longer employed there.
Neither the White House nor Reid would offer an explanation for the firing. Most resident staff positions are apolitical and many are employed over multiple administrations.
“She is no longer employed here at the White House,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the principal deputy White House press secretary, during Friday’s press briefing. “We left on very good terms and wish her the very best and certainly hope for great things for her in the future. However, it’s not uncommon you might have a transition of staff when a new administration comes in. It’s nothing more than that.”
The chief usher serves as the general manager of the White House, including overseeing construction, maintenance, remodeling, food; the large staff of butlers, florists, maids and more as well as the administrative, fiscal and personnel functions, according to the White House history page.
Reid made history when she took on the job in 2011, becoming the first woman and ninth person to serve as chief usher. She took over from the first African American to hold the honor, Adm. Stephen W. Rochon, when he left for a post in the Department of Homeland Security.
“It gives me a sense of awe, the fact that slaves built this house and I now work in this house as a leader, something out of my wildest dreams,” she told CNN in an interview last year.
Before her appointment to the White House, Reid had a decades-long career as a hotel manager and operations director, last working for the Ritz-Carlton group.