The former executive aide to President Trump spoke to Fox & Friends in her first on-camera interview about a “trial error” that got her shot in August 2019 and a shocking personal detail she told the president just a few days ago.
Madeleine Westerhout, former director of Oval Office Operations, told host Steve Doocy about the “bad night” in which she made comments that Trump described as “harmful.”
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“On a rare day after a few drinks by the pool, I accepted an invitation to an unprecedented dinner with four reporters and a White House colleague, and at that dinner I said some things I did not do.”; I should never have said that, “Westerhout explained.
“And I’m very sorry about that, but I took full responsibility for my actions that night,” she said, “and I really regret that I hurt the people I care about very, very much.”
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In her new book, “Off the Record: My Dream Job at the White House, How I Lost It and What I Learned,” coming out Tuesday, Westerhout said she decided to be “completely honest,” by revealing a side of the presidents she says there is hardly any person to ever see and some surprising personal details.
“I did not vote for President Trump in 2016,” admitted the former Republican National Committee employee.
“I absolutely did not vote for Hillary Clinton,” she added, “but, in 2016, you know, I had never met the president and everything I knew about him, I based on what the mainstream media told me, and it was not until I got to know him and his character that I realized how wrong I had been. “
Westerhout, who served as the president’s goalkeeper with her desk outside the Oval Office, now describes the president as “a very kind and generous man”, “an excellent leader and encouraging boss”, adding “I can’t wait” to cast my vote for him on November 3rd. “
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“Until then, there will be no greater supporter of President Trump than I am,” Westerhout said.
One thing she said was “misrepresented” about Trump in the mainstream media is “his deep admiration and respect for women.”
“He promotes women. He is surrounded by strong and intelligent women. He is married to one. He has raised two of them,” she said, referring to Ivanka and Tiffany. “The interactiondo interaction I have seen and had with him has just shown … how much President Trump respects women.”
According to Politico, Westerhout shared intimate details about the president’s family – including daughters Ivanka and Tiffany – over dinner with reporters.
Days after the shooting, Trump tweeted that he “forgave” Westerhout and called him “a very good person,” adding “I love Tiffany, doing well!”
Westerhout shared with Doocy that she has learned a lot and taken the time to reflect on how she has treated people.
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“One of the things I benefit from this experience is that there will be bumps along the way. This is inevitable. We are all human,” she said. “I made a mistake and decided I would not let that night, a mistake, define me.”
She says she wrote the book “to bring out the truth there and show the American people the president I know and love.”