By Ashley Parker, washingtonpost.com
The White House has fired its chief usher, Angella Reid, the first woman and second African American to hold the position.
When the White House residence staff arrived at work Friday morning, they were told that Reid was no longer employed, according to someone with knowledge of the dismissal. A White House official confirmed that Reid is no longer working at the White House.
“We are very grateful for her service and wish her the very best,” the official said.
Reached by phone, Reid declined to comment, saying only, “I think it’s best if the White House explains.”
The job is one that typically involves a long tenure — there have been just nine since the beginning of the 20th century. The White House declined to provide any specifics for the reasons behind Reid’s departure.