Evan Vucci/ AP In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a conference on African American History Month in the Roosevelt Space of the White House in Washington. From left are, Omarosa Manigault, Trump, and then-Housing and Urban Advancement Secretary-designate Ben Carson.
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017|3:27 p.m.
WASHINGTON– Previous “Apprentice” star Omarosa is putting the White House on notification as she makes her exit: She has “quite a story to inform” about her time in President Donald Trump’s administration and “the world will want to hear it.”
Familiar with the spotlight, Omarosa Manigault Newman appeared on nationwide television Thursday to push back against reports that she was fired from her task as a Trump assistant and director of interactions for a White House workplace that handles constituent groups.
She likewise rejected reports that she made a spectacle of herself while being escorted from the White Home grounds, calling the stories “One Hundred Percent false” and questioning why images or video of her supposed wrongdoing had yet to surface area.
Much better known by simply her given name, Manigault Newman told ABC’s “Great Early morning America” that she resigned this week after going over some of her concerns with White House chief of staff John Kelly. The Secret Service said it had shut off a pass granting her access to the White Home complex, though White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Manigault Newman would be on staff through the administration’s one-year mark.
Before her resignation, Kelly had encouraged Manigault Newman that changes were forthcoming– including her dismissal, inning accordance with 2 White House authorities who talked to The Associated Press on condition of privacy because they were not licensed to publicly discuss personnel matters.
Manigault Newman was also expected to be at the White Home on Thursday, Huckabee Sanders said. She declined to state for exactly what purpose or to discuss why the former reality TELEVISION participant will gather a salary through Jan. 20, mentioning a policy of decreasing comprehensive talk about personnel matters.
“The president likes Omarosa, thanked her for her service,” Sanders told press reporters. “And, again, she’ll be here later this afternoon, so she’s resigned from her position, however there’s really nothing else to additional that front.”
Trump himself sang her praises when he was asked at an unrelated White House occasion about the resignation.
“I like Omarosa. Omarosa’s an excellent individual,” he said.
Manigault Newman described her discussion with Kelly as being “very honest.” A newlywed, she said she had a goal to make it to the administration’s 1 year mark then “get back to my life.”
Her life now seems destined to consist of writing a tell-all book about her time at the White Home.
“When I have a possibility to tell my story … quite a story to tell, as the only African-American lady in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have actually seen things that have actually made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and mentally, that has actually affected my neighborhood and my people,” she said. “And when I can inform my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will wish to hear.”
Sanders stated Thursday was the very first time she had actually heard such comments from Manigault Newman.
Her resignation– she was Trump’s a lot of visible African-American adviser– right away raised questions about diversity in the senior ranks of the White House. Sanders firmly insisted that the White House team is diverse “across the board.”
Manigault Newman, who drew a top salary of $179,700, was a high-profile Trump advocate throughout the presidential project. She likewise dealt with the shift team.
Because her stint as an entrant on the first season of Trump’s previous reality TELEVISION program, “The Apprentice,” in 2004, Manigault Newman has actually delighted in a close relationship with the New york city business owner, even after he uttered his “You’re fired” catchphrase and booted her from the program. She was portrayed as a cut-throat candidate throughout the season. She returned to Trump’s “Apprentice” franchise numerous times and appeared on other truth TELEVISION shows.
Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire added to this report.