First lady Melania Trump’s senior policy director, Reagan Hedlund has resigned, her departure was first reported by Politico.
28-year old Reagan Hedlund, a top aide to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump has reportedly left her position in the White House.
Reagan Hedlund, who was hired for the job by Trump in January, recently departed the first lady’s team, according to a source with knowledge of the East Wing staffing change.
Hedlund came to Trump’s office from the National Security Council, where she was an executive assistant; prior to that she served as policy and communications adviser to Mike Pompeo when he was a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Kansas, before his roles as CIA director and secretary of state. Hedlund told Politico;
“I am very grateful to the first lady for the opportunity to help launch her policy initiative. 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.”
“She is no longer with our office and we wish her our best,” Melania Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, also confirmed in a statement. Hedlund had previously worked under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo when he was a Republican lawmaker in Congress. She’s also worked as an executive assistant at the National Security Council.
The parting of the first lady’s policy director comes as Trump appears to have begun a take-two on her rollout of Be Best, the initiative the first lady designed to help children.
The broad-based program pursues three different issues: overall well-being, positivity on social media, and the effect of the opioid crisis on kids.
Although Trump officially announced Be Best as her policy platform at a Rose Garden event in early May, the momentum of the launch was somewhat stalled after the first lady entered Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for an undisclosed kidney procedure on May 14, requiring several weeks of recovery.