I don’t think this is a YUUUUUGE deal, but it’s certainly worth noting.
Melania Trump’s top policy aide, Reagan Hedlund, has left the White House. She’s been on the job for 6 months but has decided to return to her “roots in the foreign policy world.”
— Daniel Lippman (@dlippman) August 4, 2018
Reagan Hedlund, the policy director for First Lady Melania Trump, was dumped because "she was not a good fit," a White House source said. https://t.co/8z2Es2Cb7D
— Carla Augustad (@AugustadSays) August 7, 2018
First lady Melania Trump's policy director departs https://t.co/te99XGr701
— MSN (@MSN) August 3, 2018
#BREAKING: Reagan Hedlund, Melania Trump's top policy aide, has reportedly left the White House in order to return to working on foreign policy issues – POLITICO
— Al Boe BREAKING NEWS (@AlBoeNEWS) August 3, 2018
“I am very grateful to the first lady for the opportunity to help launch her policy initiative,” Hedlund said. “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.”
See? Nothing scandalous. Another source told the Daily Mail that Melania’s senior staffers determined that Hedlund simply “wasn’t a good fit.”
Politico had one little snippet that kind of made me chuckle. Melania Trump has a small staff, and they’re apparently SO good at avoiding leaks that staffers in the West Wing didn’t even know about Hedlund’s departure.
Melania Trump’s staff, which is smaller than some other former first ladies‘ offices, is tight-knit and has a reputation for avoiding leaks. Multiple West Wing aides and others close to President Donald Trump’s administration said they either hadn’t heard about Hedlund’s departure or were unsure of the exact reason for it.
“She is no longer with our office and we wish her our best,” the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told POLITICO in a statement.
Trump’s team needs to get on that level, pronto. That’s #goals.