Former White House Chief Usher Timothy Harleth was gone from his job before Joe and Jill Biden arrived at the White House on Inauguration Day, leaving the new first couple awkwardly standing at the front door, waiting to go inside.
What remains unclear is who fired the man in charge of the White House residence, whose job it was to make sure such awkward events don't happen. The blame is being pointed at both outgoing President Donald Trump and the Bidens.
'It happened before we walked in the door,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her briefing on Friday when asked who fired Harleth.
But a former senior administration official with President Trump told DailyMail.com that the firing came at the request of the Bidens.
'The head usher enjoyed the confidence of the Trump family throughout his tenure. Any suggestion that his resignation was at the direction of anyone other than the Biden team is false,' the person said after Psaki's comment.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Who fired the White House chief usher? White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Timothy Harleth was gone before the Bidens entered the building on Inauguration Day
But a senior administration official with Trump's administration said Harleth departed at request of the Bidens: 'Any suggestion that his resignation was at the direction of anyone other than the Biden team is false'
He was seen at the White House on the morning of inauguration, preparing for the Bidens arrival.
But, on Wednesday afternoon, when the Bidens walked through the front gates and up the driveway to enter 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the first time as president and first lady, no one was waiting to greet them.
The dark wood front doors of the White House stood shut as the Bidens hugged for the cameras and waived to the crowd as a military band played 'Hail to the Chief.' The wait to go inside was a breach in protocol, which is taken seriously at the White House.
Conflicting reports had Harleth leaving at the request of the Bidens, who were rumored to be unenthusiastic about having a former Trump hotel employee managing their home even though Harleth was publicly lobbying to keep his job.
But Trump was also furious with Harleth for sending binders of information on the transition process to Biden's staff in preparation for the January 20th move in day. On that day, White House staff have about five hours to move the outgoing first couple's personal items out,