The new digital strategist for the Trump administration, who was fired after the inauguration, has revealed how she feels about her job and the job of her peers.
Kate Stiles, a digital strategy specialist at the White House, was fired just before the inauguration after her agency shared a video on social media that showed her holding up a sign that said “I am a human resources professional.”
Stiles said she was asked to resign after the video was posted on Jan. 12, but that she had to leave her job because of “an incident” that happened at the end of the inauguration.
“I felt like I was the most important person in the world,” she told Axios, describing her day in the White the following day.
“My manager told me it was the best day of my life.
I was super nervous, but it felt good.”
Stiles said the incident happened in the office in front of Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, but the video, which was posted by the White Houses account, has been seen by thousands of people around the world.
“When the video went viral I was just like, ‘Wow, what have I done?’
I was in shock,” she said.”
It was very upsetting.
It was like an emotional roller coaster.
I felt so terrible, and I was very nervous.”
Stories of the video have been shared widely in social media, with the hashtag #WhiteHouseNotorious trending on Twitter.
Stiles did not receive an apology from her employer.
“They just fired me and said it was their decision,” she recalled.
“I was just shocked.”
Stains’ termination was one of several incidents that have been reported about the White house since the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
She was one among several who said they were not allowed to wear hats during inauguration events.
On Jan. 18, the day after the inaugural parade, a senior official at the Department of Homeland Security was suspended without pay after she allegedly told the agency’s leadership that “white women need to get over their fear of Donald Trump.”
In another incident, a federal prosecutor told Axos he was asked by a White House employee to resign on the grounds that he was “racist.”
The White House said the dismissal of Stiles was not related to the video that was shared.
“While it is clear that this individual was removed for exercising his constitutional right to free speech, it was not the result of this particular incident and the employee was not terminated because of that,” said a White Houses statement.
“The President has been clear on the importance of inclusion and inclusion of all people in our government and we have a commitment to ensuring all of our employees are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.”
The official who spoke with Axios did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Stamps, who did not respond to requests for comment, did not get a raise as a digital strategist, but said she did have “a great career.”
Stamps said she is grateful that she was allowed to have a career, but also that she feels like she has been a victim of the Trump White House.
“For a long time I was trying to make sure I wasn’t being singled out or singled out and marginalized.
I think that’s what really hurt me.
I feel like I have to keep fighting, because I can’t go back,” she explained.”
To be the one that was made to feel like this was wrong, to be told that I shouldn’t do my job or that I wasn´t good enough, that I was not good enough.
I just want people to understand that we are all human and we are capable of doing anything.”