Melania Trump’s Top White House Aide Abruptly Quits

Melania Trump’s Top White House Aide Abruptly Quits

By News Agency of Nigeria on August 8, 2018
Melania Trump, First Lady, Reagan Hedlund
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 07: U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives in the Rose Garden to speak at the White House May 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump outlined her new initiatives, known as the Be Best program, as first lady during the event. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

Reagan Hedlund, a top aide to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump has reportedly left her position in the White House.

The Hill reported that Hedlund who joined the first lady’s staff in January as policy director, abruptly departed from her the role to work on foreign policy issues.

“I am very grateful to the first lady for the opportunity to help launch her policy initiative,” Hedlund told Politico on Friday, August 3, 2018.

“It was a rare opportunity to contribute at such a high level. It was a difficult decision to leave. However, I have decided to return to my roots in the foreign policy world,” she said.

First lady’s Melania Trump did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill. Hedlund could not be reached.

Hedlund declined to offer additional details to Politico. The news outlet added that multiple aides in the Trump administration did not know why Hedlund departed from her role.

“She is no longer with our office and we wish her our best,” Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told Politico in a statement.

Politico noted that Hedlund had previously worked under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he was a Republican lawmaker in Congress. She’s also worked as an executive assistant at the National Security Council.

She came into her role right as Melania Trump was making veterans issues, opioid abuse and problems facing children a core focus of her policy goals.


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