Melania Trump’s Top Policy Aide Just Quit, Because Melania Basically Has No Policies
According to Politico, Melania Trump’s policy director has left her role at the White House after seven months in the position.
“I am very grateful to the first lady for the opportunity to help launch her policy initiative,” Reagan 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.”
From Politico: “Melania Trump’s staff 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.”
Before joining the East Wing, Hedlund served as an executive assistant at the National Security Council. She also worked for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he was a Republican congressman.
“She is no longer with our office and we wish her our best,” the first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham said,
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.
Following the May launch of her “Be Best” initiative with a Rose Garden speech, Melania Trump dipped out of public view for weeks following surgery for a kidney condition. Her prolonged absence, during which time her office offered little information about her health, sparked a range of wild conspiracy theories—which in turn drew criticism from her husband.
After nearly a month out of the public eye, she emerged in public again in early June.
She was widely criticized for wearing a coat with the phrase “I really don’t care, do u?” printed on the back en route to visit a migrant children’s shelter in Texas amid public outcry over Trump administration’s policy changes that resulted in thousands of migrant children being separated from their parents.