Jamaica-born chief White House usher fired

The Jamaica-born chief usher at the White House has been fired by the Donald Trump-led administration.

Angella Reid, the second black and first woman to hold the position, was appointed in October 2011 during President Barack Obama’s administration.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a spokeswoman for the President, told reporters on Friday that Reid was no longer in the chief usher position.

“She is no longer employed here at the White House, but we left on very good terms,” Sanders said. “It’s not uncommon you would have a transition of staff when a new administration comes in, and it’s nothing more than that.”

According to the New York Times, Reid had remained at the White House longer than expected in part because the first lady, Melania Trump, had not moved swiftly to fill White House staff positions, and that the Trump transition overall had moved slowly in filling some of the typical ranks.

Reid was born in the eastern parish of St Thomas, Jamaica and attended high school in the capital, Kingston, before migrating to the United States.

Before being appointed White House Chief Usher, Reid amassed over 25 years of experience in hotel management with Ritz-Carlton, managing properties in Miami, Arts, Florida, Washington D.C. and Arlington, Virginia.

As White House Chief Usher, she was responsible for management of White House operations in collaboration with several organizations, including the White House Historical Association, the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, the US Commission of Arts, the White House Curator and the National Park Service.

Reid who was recognized at the 2012 Grio Awards, replaced the first African-American to take on the job, Adm. Stephen W. Rochon, who left for a position at the Department of Homeland Security.

Her departure was a surprise for everyone including a former aide to President Barack Obama.

“Ms Reid was incredible at her job,” tweeted former Obama aide Graham Brookie on Friday. “Warm, kind and  commanded respect of the White House. I am sitting up straight just tweeting about this.” (CMC)

13 Responses to Jamaica-born chief White House usher fired

  1. Diane Dias
    Diane Dias May 6, 2017 at 10:25 am

    That should not surprise anyone . Trumperts doesn’t want any black people around him . After all, he wants to ” Make America great again”. He is his own worse enemy , and is going to be responsible for his own downfall.

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    • Jennifer May 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      @Diane Dias – Well said. It will not only be the Trumpeter’s downfall, but that of millions of people. As far as I am concern he did her a favor. When those arrows start flying she will not be under one, licked to smithereens.

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  2. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith May 6, 2017 at 10:50 am

    You are better off not working with him,we all know these are the things that were going to happen during his time in office.
    And he continues to fill the swamp with sewerage.

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  3. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell May 6, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Maybe a sign should be placed at the entrance to the White House saying…No Blacks Wanted..

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  4. Wasman May 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    After all it’s the “White” House

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    • Jennifer May 6, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      mind you blacks built it during slavery. oh the irony.

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  5. Brewster May 7, 2017 at 5:59 am

    It was a question of time in my opinion.

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  6. Byron May 7, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Why is the ‘Jamaican-born’ angle necessary in your headlines. Is the lady NOT an American, and was hired on that basis… If we were to go around putting the birth country as prefix to all American’s name, then you would have not space to write about the issue being reported on.
    Example, Barbadian-born America, Trinidad and Tobagoian-born American, St Kits and Nevisian-born American, etc… The article being written would be so clumsy.

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    • Jennifer May 7, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Not to mention that all of those so called white people have their ancestral origins in the Caucasus mountains, i.e Caucasian, prior to taking over other peoples lands. Which is their legacy and culture. Nothing but media spin as usual.

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  7. Keith May 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

    You people are really retarded tho. This happens with every new president where they switch staff what does this have to do with race… Every new staff does this…

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  8. jrsmith May 8, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Thats our problem , we should be shouting the same as the Donald, lets try and make Barbados great again taking in back from our crooked , corrupt politicians… try stopping the rise of the 1% of our nation , enslaving the black masses…………………….

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  9. jrsmith May 8, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Must add further , the 2 parties in barbados does the same …….

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    • Jennifer May 8, 2017 at 11:56 am

      @jrsmith – well said. But you need to understand that for the majority of black people in BIM Barbados is great and could not get any better. Any thing greater will lead us into a Venezuela type situation, as Blacks own no wealth in this place. And for your information hun slavery NEVER ENDED, just because one gets to go home and take a shower and sleep in his home, means nothing.

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