Reports suggest Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her.
Fired? Resigned? Conflicting reports have come out over Omarosa Manigault Newman’s departure as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liasion. The White House said her last day is January 20. From Politico:
“Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,” the White House said in a statement. “We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
The former Apprentice star has remained close to President Donald Trump throughout the years, which showed after he appointed her to the position. But Omarosa has always caused drama and her year at the White House is no different, including this news.
Earlier today I received an alert from Fox News that said the White House fired her. A few minutes later, it said she resigned. The White House claims her last day is January 20, but people on social media said that security escorted her outside.
April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, tweeted:
According to multiple sources Omarosa did not resign. She was even escorted out of he building and off campus.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) December 13, 2017
Yamiche Alcindor, the New York Times Congress reporter, said he spoke to sources that “Omarosa was let go yesterday and she was escorted off of the White House grounds by security.” However, she is telling her friends that she left voluntarily.
Trey Yingst, reporter for One American News Network, called Omarosa and asked what happened. She told him she’d call him back and hung up on him.
Reports have also emerged that Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her after all the drama she has caused in the White House and her influence over Trump, including the “ability to get him worked up over hot topics.” From New York Daily News:
Kelly did the firing and Manigault “acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump,” sources told American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan.
Manigault had to be escorted from the building after Kelly told her she was out, Ryan said.
One of Kelly’s priorities since taking over for Reince Priebus has been to strictly control who gets to see the President and how Trump gets information.
Omarosa’s role confused many in the administration, many not knowing exactly what she did on a day-to-day basis for her $179,700 a year role.
Omarosa bothered others at the White House with her antics as well. Back in April, she brought her 39 bridesmaids to the White House for a photo shoot. No one knows if she had permission. The New York Daily News noted other incidents:
A month earlier, the 43-year-old endured a chaotic trip to the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans.
Her appearance at an event during the convention was described as confrontational and hectic as she aggressively insisted reporters “Ask me a question about me,” while sidestepping inquiries about the administration.
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