Madeleine Westerhout

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Madeleine Westerhout
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Director of Oval Office Operations
Assumed office
February 2, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJordan Karem
Personal Secretary to the President
In office
January 20, 2017 – February 2, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byFerial Govashiri
Succeeded byTBD
Personal details
Madeleine Elise Westerhout

(1990-10-08) October 8, 1990 (age 28)
Irvine, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationCollege of Charleston (BA)

Madeleine Elise Westerhout (born October 8, 1990) has served as the Director of Oval Office Operations at the White House since February 2019.[1] Prior to that, from 2017 to 2019, she served as the Personal Secretary to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Early life and education[edit]

Westerhout was born in Newport Beach, California and spent most of her time growing up in Irvine, California. She studied at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, receiving a BA degree in political science in 2013.[2][3] After her graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a fitness trainer in the Pure Barre gym of Carrie Rezabek Dorr.[4]


In the 2012 presidential election, Westerhout worked for the campaign of Mitt Romney. In 2013, she worked for candidate John Kuhn in the Republican primary for the special election in South Carolina's first congressional district. Later that year, she interned for Congressman John Campbell. In the summer of 2013, Westerhout began working for the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party Organizing Committee. From January 2015, she worked as an assistant to RNC chief of staff Katie Walsh.[5]

On January 19, 2017, Donald Trump's transition team announced that Westerhout would serve as special assistant and executive assistant to the President.[6] A June 2018 release of White House salary data revealed that Westerhout is paid $130,000 USD for the position.[7] She is the only way to reach the president other than calling his cell phone, according to a story in the Washington Post.[8] She was promoted to Director of Oval Office Operations on February 2, 2019.[9]

In 2019, Westerhout called a leak of President Trump's schedule a "disgraceful breach of trust."[10]


  1. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Appointments for the Executive Office of the President". White House. 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ Gillespie, Erin (January 20, 2017). "College of Charleston grad named special assistant to president in Trump administration". Post and Courier.
  3. ^ Ward, Marguerite (30 June 2017). "Here's how much President Trump's 26-year-old assistant makes".
  4. ^ "'Greeter Girl' Revealed: Ex-Fitness Instructor Is Mystery Woman Escorting Bigwigs Through Trump Tower". Inside Edition. December 16, 2016.
  5. ^ Kopan, Tal (December 15, 2016). "Meet the Trump Tower gatekeeper". CNN.
  6. ^ Nussbaum, Matthew (January 19, 2017). "Trump team announces additional White House hires". Politico.
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  8. ^ "'Madeleine is the key': Who is Madeleine Westerhout, Trump's 27-year-old secretary and gatekeeper to the president?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-11-16.
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  10. ^ "Trump's secretary blasts leak of president's private schedule". The Washington Times. February 3, 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-02.