President Donald Trump's personal assistant was sacked Thursday because she revealed personal information about the first family during an off-the-record dinner, according to a new report shedding light on her dismissal.
CNN has learned Westerhout was not in the West Wing this week due to a scheduled summer vacation, and her White House phone has already been disconnected.
President Donald Trump's personal assistant, who's been with him since the start of his administration, has left the White House, a source familiar with the situation told CNN.
One anonymous source told the Times that the people familiar with the situation claimed that her sharing such information was a breach of trust, which means that she will not be granted permission to return to the White House on August 30.
Ms Westerhout was earning $145,000 (£120,000) a year as a special assistant to the president and director of Oval Office operations.
Westerhout, 29, had worked for the Republican National Committee as an assistant to Chief of Staff Katie Walsh and the transition team before becoming a close aide to the president. A reporter divulged details about the dinner to White House staff, the people said.
She also gossiped about TV news personalities seeking access to the president.
During Mr Trump's transition, Ms Westerhout was often seen escorting guests through the lobby of Trump Tower in NY. "She was asked to resign and was gone within a day or so of the president learning what happened", Associated Press White House reporter Jonathan Lemire said on Friday's "Morning Joe".
However, a former senior White House official defended Westerhout to CBS and denied the report that she had cried after Trump's victory.
According to a report from Politico, for the past six months, Ms Westerhout tried to "expand the boundaries of her job to encompass a broader set of tasks and to include foreign travel". "She's the secret", Mr Trump said. "Madeleine is the key", Trump told the I in 2018.