First female usher in WH history no longer in post

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

Reid was the first woman and second African American to hold the position.

The Washington Post reports, "When the White House residence staff arrived at work Friday morning, they were told that Reid was no longer employed".

While serving at the post Angella Reid also acted as the general manager of the buildings and oversaw the massive staff butlers, chefs, maids, florists, and engaged in typical office administrative duties.

Stephen Rochon, who was chief usher from 2007 to 2011 and was the first black usher, told CNN that the Trump transition team asked him to come back to "run the house" but that he declined.

No specific reason was given for Angella Reid's dismissal.

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According to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, a source within the administration attributed Reid's firing to the inaction of First Lady Melania Trump in hiring new staff.

"I think it's best if the White House explains", was all Reid herself would say when contacted by the press about her notable absence from the residence staff. No one interviewed for the Post story could recall an abrupt firing from the White House permanent staff since 1993. Warm, kind, & commanded respect of the White House. "Otherwise it comes off as cruel", said Brinkley.

"He was simply being complimentary of the prime minister", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary for the White House, during Friday's daily briefing with reporters.

Ms. Reid was hired by Mr. Obama in 2011, holding a job that usually involves longevity.

Reid, who had 25 years experience in hotel management, happened upon the position at a pool party.

On Thursday, Trump claimed an "unbelievable" victory when House Republicans narrowly passed a bill meant to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act.