Although the United States has got a large number of ongoing crises — President Donald Trump keeps expending his energy wrapped up in his own petty drama. This weekend, after his personal assistant Madeline Westerhout left the White House in a tumult over her revealing “intimate details” of the president’s family to reporters, Trump took to Twitter to wave around details the supposed nondisclosure agreement (NDA) she signed like some kind of preemptive strike against possible future disclosures of information from Westerhout. In other words, while Americans shore up their defenses against crises like Hurricane Dorian and the ongoing trade war with China — Trump’s just threatening people on Twitter.
On the platform, he wrote about Westerhout:
‘While Madeleine Westerhout has a fully enforceable confidentiality agreement, she is a very good person and I don’t think there would ever be reason to use it. She called me yesterday to apologize, had a bad night. I fully understood and forgave her! I love Tiffany, doing great!’
Westerhout had revealed supposed details like that the president hesitates to be photographed with his daughter Tiffany because he thinks she looks fat. She also claimed that she had a better relationship with Trump than his daughters including Tiffany and Ivanka, according to other reporting. After Trump went along with pressuring her out of the White House, The New York Times came out with a report that Westerhout might not have even ever signed a nondisclosure agreement, which many Trump staffers have been hit with. Trump seems to be responding directly to that report here, although he didn’t single it out by name.
The nondisclosure agreements that he’s had staffers sign while in the White House have been widely considered to be on legally dubious at best grounds. POLITICO noted that:
‘NDAs are NOT TYPICALLY SIGNED by federal workers as they’re thought to be public servants who are not beholden to any individual, which would include White House staff. Any agreement is therefore not easily enforceable.’
According to past reporting, when he was still on the job, former White House counsel Don McGahn went along with having staffers sign these agreements just to placate the president, whose flipouts aren’t exactly secret knowledge. (Just check his Twitter feed.) Trump’s former staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman has claimed she resisted signing one while in the White House, although this weekend Trump noted that he’s apparently suing her for alleged NDA violation.
Check out Twitter’s response below…
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