Trump denies calling daughter Tiffany overweight, as buzz grows over leaker

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President Donald Trump punched a hole in reports claiming that he thinks his youngest daughter Tiffany is overweight.

The president set the record straight as he spoke to reporters Friday at the White House before departing for Camp David for the weekend.

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“We have a call in. She’s going to be calling me back as soon as we get to Camp David,” Trump said.

“What are you going to tell her?” a reporter asked.

“I’m going to tell her it’s just absolutely false,” he replied referring to a report that his former executive assistant Madeleine Westerhout, who abruptly resigned Thursday, spoke to reporters in off-the-record comments about the president and his family.

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Politico reported Friday that Westerhout was “fired after bragging to reporters that she had a better relationship with Trump than his own daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany Trump, and that the president did not like being in pictures with Tiffany because he perceived her as overweight.”

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“She’s a wonderful person. She studies so hard, she’s a great student and she’s just a great person,” Trump said of his 25-year-old daughter who is entering in her second year of law school at Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Tiffany is Trump’s only child from his marriage to Marla Maples.

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“I look forward to talking to her,” he told reporters. “And I love Tiffany. Tiffany’s a great person.”

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The president also addressed the departure of Westerhout, the 28-year-old director of Oval Office operations who had been Trump’s assistant since he became president. Westerhout allegedly made off-the-record comments about White House affairs as well as on Trump’s family during a dinner with reporters in New Jersey as the president vacationed.

“I think she said some things and she called me, she was very upset. She was very down. She said she was drinking a little bit,” Trump said Friday.

Westerhout was reportedly having dinner with reporters including the Washington Post’s Phil Rucker, Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs, Reuters’ Steve Holland and the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Restuccia, according to Politico. White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley had been on hand as well but left before she made the comments.

“She was with reporters. Everything she said was off the record. Mentioned a couple of things about my children,” he added, as he defended Westerhout as basically a “good person.”

“I always thought she did a good job,” he added before calling out the press for reporting on the comments.

“In all fairness, it was off the record, and of course, the press breaks off-the-records all the time, because they’re very dishonorable, many of them,” Trump told reporters. “Not all of you. But many of them are very dishonorable. But nevertheless, you don’t say things, you don’t say certain things.”

The president concluded that it was “too bad” but had no ill feelings toward his former assistant whose position afforded her a desk right outside the Oval Office.

“I just spoke to her, just before I came out, and I wish her well,” he said.

A White House official told Politico that Westerhout’s abrupt departure is “a good reminder that we are all staff. We are all replaceable.”

Arthur Schwartz, a confidant of the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., appeared to lay the blame for leaking the off-the-record conversation on The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker.

He also noted that Rucker had not denied the accusation.

“Philip Rucker is one of the best and most scrupulous reporters in the news business,” Steven Ginsberg, national editor at the Washington Post, said in a statement, according to Politico. “He has always acted with the utmost honor and integrity and has never violated Washington Post standards or policies.”

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