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Trump’s team fired the White House chief shortly before Biden took office, perhaps at Biden’s request

As President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, there was no boss to greet her. He was released around 11:30 a.m., half an hour before Biden was sworn in as president, reports the New York Times. Former first lady Melania Trump hired chief usher Timothy Harleth of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC in 2017 after former chief usher Angella Reid was fired a few months after Donald Trump’s tenure. The White House head usher is responsible for the first family residence and oversees everything from personnel issues to budgets. It is usually a non-political task and porters usually remain in several administrations. Reid, who was hired in 2011, was only the ninth matron since 1885, despite being the first woman hired for the job. The Bidens had told the White House attorney that they intended to bring in their own chief nurse, a person familiar with the process told the Times. A White House official in Biden told CNN that Harleth was “released before the Bidens arrived,” although CNN reports that it was the Bidens who gave him the ax. However, Harleth was already in hot water with Trump’s team. He “had been in an untenable position since the elections” and “tried to begin preparations for a new resident of the White House despite the resident refusing to admit he would leave the premises,” the Times reports. And Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, was “dissatisfied” with Harleth “because he tried to send information books about the residence to the Biden transition team in November.” Harleth “had worked with Jill Biden’s staff for weeks organizing the move of household items,” added the Washington Post. The lack of a chief nurse was a manifestation of the chaotic transition period, but doesn’t quite explain the strange break-in protocol in which no one opened the doors to the BIdens when they arrived at the White House, the Times notes. The doors, which stood awkwardly closed for about 10 seconds while the Bidens watched, are usually opened by marine guards. When the Bidens walked through the doors of the newly renovated White House, things got better, the Post reports. “Two trays of chocolate chip cookies were waiting for Biden in a room next to the Oval Office, each wrapped in plastic with a golden seal from the President.” More stories from 7 hilarious cartoons about Trump’s exit at the White House Biden removed Trump’s Diet Coke button from the Oval Office The Catholic hierarchy collapsed with the inauguration of the 2nd Catholic President of America