President Donald Trump’s recently fired assistant is free to talk about her former boss and spill all of his dirty secrets if she so chooses, but he’s already threatening her on Twitter to scare her from talking.
Madeleine Westerhout was dismissed earlier this week in response to remarks she made to the press earlier this month at an off-the-record dinner in which she revealed that she has a better relationship with Trump than he has with his own daughters and that he is allegedly reluctant to be photographed with his daughter Tiffany because he thinks she is fat.
Once the comments were out in the open, Trump had her fired.
Naturally, Trump and other administration officials are now worried about her talking more to the press and even to federal prosecutors because of what she may know about Trump and his activities. After all, she has been working as his personal assistant at the White House since the early days of his presidency.
So, Trump decided to threaten Westerhout on Twitter Saturday morning by claiming to have a “fully enforceable” non-disclosure agreement signed by her, all while insisting that he loves Tiffany.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2019
Again, Trump led off his tweet with a veiled threat, which he wouldn’t do if he didn’t have anything to hide. But even if she did sign an NDA, it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on because Westerhout is a public employee who works for the United States, not Trump.
According to law professors Heidi Kitrosser of the University of Minnesota and Mark Fenster of the University of Florida, Trump’s threat is all hot air.
“These NDAs strike me as clearly unconstitutional under the First Amendment,” Kitrosser said.
“A public employee can’t be forced to sign away the right to speak,” Fenster confirmed.
If Westerhout has information that isn’t classified, she is free to divulge it and there’s not a damn thing Trump can do about it. That’s why he is resorting to threats and bullying.
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