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


The White House has fired its chief usher.

Reid joined the White House in 2011 under President Barack Obama. Reid, who is Jamaican-American, was also the first black woman to ever occupy this role; she had been charged with managing the White House staff, the White House grounds, and all activities therein.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters during a daily briefing Friday that Reid "left on very good terms", adding, "It is not uncommon you might have a transition of staff when a new administration comes in".

Ushers are essentially the general manager of the White House residence, and they oversee all of the decorating, dining, construction and maintenance, as well as the administrative and personnel functions.

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Because the chief usher is not a political position, it is not compelled to change at the beginning of a new White House administration. She took the bold step, "I googled the White House, spoke to a young lady, and she took a message".

Reid had replaced the first African-American chief usher, Adm. Stephen W. Rochon, after he took a job at the Department of Homeland Security.

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. In the last 132 years only nine people have held the position.

"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 said.

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The Washington Post reported Friday that Reid had been fired.

Reid was close with the Obamas, who hired her for the position, the Post said, but she had been known, according to reports, to be overly bossy with the staff. Her role included broad management of the White House staff, including the residence staff. Nothing could be more steeped in history than the long tradition of service in the White House.

Twitter was generally uncharitable toward the Trump administration in speculating about why Reid was let go.

"Knowing Angella, I doubt seriously that she would have done something herself to cause this", Rochon.

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