"I don't think it will hit me until I walk into the White House", she said in 2017, according to her college's website.
"She's a wonderful person and she studies hard", Trump told reporters, according to The Sun. "I love Tiffany", adding that she was scheduled to phone him later that day.
In her book, she claimed that she "refused" to sign a non-disclosure agreement upon her exit from the Trump White House.
The rustic figure was cut from the trunk of a linden tree, showing her in a pale blue dress like the one she wore at Trump's presidential inauguration.
He has praised her "good job" but said the 28-year-old's comments were "a little bit hurtful".
The Trump administration has been particularly sensitive about staff leaking information to the media, with the president railing against both officials and journalists over reports about the state of affairs in the White House.
"You don't say things like she said", he said, adding that her departure was "automatic". This internal power struggle reportedly irritated some officials, who believed she was best served as Trump's personal secretary.
Westerhout has always defended Trump publicly.
Manigault Newman was sacked in December 2017 after she recorded and publicized private conversations she had with former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. She has been a key gatekeeper for the President, screening his official calls and controlling the access of outside advisers.
Trump's campaign, Donald J. Trump For President Inc., filed for arbitration against Manigault Newman for allegedly breaching a 2016 confidentiality agreement.
Mr. Trump on Saturday retweeted several tweets by the National Hurricane Center, FEMA and the American Red Cross providing information about the storm.