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Trump Personal Assistant Madeleine Westerhout Abruptly Resigns

Westerhout, whose proximity to Trump made her a de facto White House gatekeeper, has been a fixture since the Trump transition in 2016

President Donald Trump’s personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout has resigned from her job, a White House official and another person familiar with the situation told NBC News late Thursday.

One source said that Westerhout left because she had shared personal information about the president’s family and Oval Office operations at an off-the-record dinner with reporters this month near Trump's golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The source described her exit as "abrupt."

Trump spoke about the incident later Friday as he was departing the White House for Camp David and wouldn't say if Westerhout had been fired. The president said he had just spoken with her and she told him that she had been drinking at the dinner.

Trump praised her but said she shouldn't have said "hurtful" things, and he chastised the media for what the president characterized as breaking an agreement that the dinner was off the record. "I wished her well," Trump said. "I really think she had a bad night. It was unfortunate."

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