Omarosa Manigault has always had a flair for the dramatic, stemming from her days on The Apprentice. Since her days on the reality show, Donald Trump had kept Manigault in his close inner circle, and even brought her on to his White House staff when he was elected president in 2016. Now, as her relationship with Trump becomes strained, Manigault moves to have her voice heard.
On Wednesday, December 13, CNN reported that Omarosa would be leaving President Trump’s White House. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Manigault’s exit, stating:
‘Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities. Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.’
President Trump, who typically has more than a few words to say about any matter, tweeted a very short response to Manigault’s exit writing, “Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.” For someone who is a long time friend and coworker of Trump’s, the send-off was relatively lukewarm.
Manigault gave an even colder response to her exit from the White House. In an interview with Michael Strahan of Good Morning America, Omarosa said, “… As the only African American woman in this White House senior staff, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me and affected me deeply and emotionally and affected my people and my community.”
In typical Omarosa Manigault fashion, she promoted herself and said that when she has the ability to share her story about her time in the White House, it would be “a profound story that everyone will want to hear.”
.@omarosa on her time at the White House with Trump administration: “There were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with, that I was very uncomfortable with." pic.twitter.com/qKHSyw6y4B
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 14, 2017
The real drama, however, does not even lie between Trump and Omarosa. White House correspondent April Ryan reported on Wednesday that Manigault had been fired from Trump’s staff and that her sources told her Omarosa tried to break into the White House after her dismissal. Ryan tweeted:
‘The Secret Service contends they did not escort Omarosa out of the White House from their tweet. So who did? But the Secret Service says they did deactivate her badge last night stopping her access to the Whtie House.’
Ryan live-tweeted Omarosa’s exit from the White House, detailing nearly every moment of her departure and at one point tweeted:
‘The drama is unfolding more! Stay tuned!’
Manigault denied on Good Morning America that she had been physically removed from the White House. She also stated she had not been fired and assured Strahan she had, in fact, removed herself from her position. Manigault responded openly to April Ryan’s coverage of her exit, and stated the following:
‘The White House is the most secure place in the world. I think you should take the word of the Secret Service over someone who has a personal vendetta.’
Omarosa said her decision followed a candid conversation with Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, where she divulged her concerns about her position at the White House and the path the administration was taking.
— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBCNN) December 13, 2017
No matter the logistics of her exit from the Trump administration, she has made it clear that she will not be going away anytime soon and that her story will be heard.
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