Even though we are well into President Trump’s administration, changes to the staff are still occurring.
The transition from the Obama White House to Trump’s was perhaps the most drastic in recent history. We went from one of the most liberal president’s to an uncompromising conservative.
While the day-to-day life of the White House might go unchanged, loyalties might come into question. Obama was a very different person than Trump. Politics aside, the people who served him might not like working under a new man.
That’s why we hear about many changes during the early days of an administration. People who got used to working with the last administration might have problems adjusting.
However, this one staffing change came as a surprise to everybody. But nobody’s explaining why.
From The Washington Post:
The White House has fired its chief usher, Angella Reid, the first woman and second African American to hold the position…
“She is no longer employed here at the White House,” [Deputy White House Press Secretary] Sanders said when asked about Reid’s departure. “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.”
Reason for the shock is that chief usher isn’t normally a position that sees much turnover. Only a handful of people have served in that position over the last 100 years. Even with administration changes, they tend to stay on, due to their experience.
Despite the unusual title, the chief usher oversees all activities in the White House residence and works as general manager of the building, handling everything from the large staff of butlers, maids, chefs, florists and electricians to fiscal, administrative and personal duties.
But the usher also works with the First Family, very closely. As an Obama appointed staffer, perhaps Reid was not a good fit for the incoming Trump family.
Speculation abounds over the dismissal. Some have suggested it simply comes down to Reid’s style and abilities.
[T]hree people with knowledge of the situation said there were tensions with the household staff she managed, some of whom viewed her as bossier than previous ushers…
Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff to Laura Bush, spoke highly of Reid but said her background in the hospitality sector may have left her less prepared for the transition between administrations than other White House residence staff members, who had served Democrats and Republicans in the course of their careers.
Of course anti-Trumpers are making it a bigger deal than it is.
Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian and professor of history at Rice University, said that it is highly unusual for an administration to fire its chief usher, especially without providing any explanation.
“If there is a very compelling reason for the dismissal, the White House needs to tell the public” he said. “Otherwise it comes off as cruel.”
Either way there seems to be more shuffling going on in the White House. While this won’t affect most of us, it shows that Trump is not done shaking things up.
Source: The Washington Post