White House officials have, without reason, parted ways with Angella Reid; its first woman and second African-American chief usher hired under the Obama administration.
Officials declined to provide further details, simply stating, she is “no longer employed by the White House. We are very grateful for her service and wish her the very best.”
Reid oversaw the White House building and grounds, managed varying staff members, and coordinated events, administrative and personal tasks.
She was the second African-American to serve as chief usher, and only the ninth since 1885. The job typically involves long tenure, so her firing comes unusually.
Even presidential historian and professor of history at Rice University, Douglas Brinkley, states her being let go is highly unusual, especially without explanation.
“If there is a very compelling reason for the dismissal, the White House needs to tell the public. Otherwise it comes off as cruel.”
“The Trump administration seems worried about Obama’s spies, and there may have been a feeling that she wasn’t on page with the Trumpians. The president has shown a disinterest in the protocol and mandates of history. I don’t think the fact that an usher goes from president to president would be something that he’s particularly worried about.”
Reid superseded the first African American chief usher, Adm. Stephen W. Rochon, who accepted an offer at the Department of Homeland Security.
Prior to this position, she came with 25 years of hotel management experience as a general manager of The Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City.
Officials have yet to release further details, let alone their next selection to replace Reid.