Those obsessively watching VIPs head in and out of Trump Tower these past few weeks may have noticed one familiar face over and over again.
At just 26 years old, Irvine, California native Madeleine Westerhout certainly sticks out among a sea of older white gentleman funneling through the building, yet she’s been an ever-present part of the transitional team.
As the assistant of Republican National Committee chief of staff Katie Walsh, Madeleine has recently taken on the role of ‘gatekeeper’, according to CNN, escorting some of the biggest names in politics in to meet the president-elect.
While the College of Charleston alum — who majored in Political Science and Government — undoubtedly earned her job by merit, she seems to have come across her fame within the GOP at such a young age by pure luck, similar to Donald Trump’s 27-year-old spokeswoman, Hope Hicks.
After college, the rising Republican star interned for Romney for President in 2012, Kuhn for Congress in South Carolina in 2013, and Congressman John Campbell that same year.
The former Alpha Delta Pi sorority president then started worked for the Republican National Committee in the summer of 2013. During the election, she jetted around the country with Walsh, an adviser to Reince Priebus who was formerly head of the RNC and is set to be the new Chief of Staff.
When the election ended, she joined Walsh in New York. There the RNC chief of staff had Madeleine begin escorting visitors to the building through the press and security in front.
‘Katie wanted me to make sure that these important people got inside the building and where they needed to be,’ she told CNN. ‘And then the President-elect wanted to make sure all of his meetings were very transparent, so it became a little bit more public than I originally thought it was going to be.’
Since the election, she’s been seen in the background of several photos of important people at Trump, and is a frequent presence on C-SPAN’s elevator cam.
‘It’s me! I’m “the greeter girl!”‘ she gleefully tweeted after being identified by C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman — and shortly before chowing down on one of Trump Tower’s taco bowls.
She’s walked in Governor Rick Perry, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and a parade of generals and admirals, including Gen. Mattis, Gen. John Kelly, Adm. Mike Rogers — who have been her favorite to escort.
‘I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the most incredible people and leaders- not least of which is General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, our future Secretary of Defense! I didn’t mention to him that some people also call me MadDog…hopefully for different reasons,’ she wrote on Instagram last week.
The exposure has meant plenty of her friends and family have been spotting her in the news, and she’s been spending extra care picking out her outfits to be camera-ready.
Madeleine also works as a fitness instructor at Pure Barre in Washington, D.C., though she may find herself too busy once the operation officially moves back to the capitol.
‘I love meeting these people, it’s been a huge privilege, so we’ll see what the President-elect has in store for all of us,’ she said.
SOURCE: Daily Mail