Omarosa Manigault Newman, former star of The Apprentice and one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters, has reportedly been fired. Omarosa and Trump maintained a business relationship following her first appearance on the successful reality TV show, The Apprentice, in 2004 when she emerged as the villainous star before being “fired” from the show. Now ABC is reporting the President has fired Omarosa once more but this time she didn’t leave as willingly.
The former Apprentice star was reportedly dragged “kicking and screaming” from the White House because she refused to believe President Donald Trump had fired her. However, the official version of the Trump administration that was released days earlier was that the reality-TV-star-turned-director-of-communications-for-the-Public-Liaison-Office had already made the decision to resign “to pursue other opportunities.” Reports say Omarosa left in a hail of profanities and even tried to storm into the president’s residence to confront Mr. Trump about his decision after chief of staff John Kelly relayed the message that it was time for her to go.
But according to a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders, Omarosa will leave January 20, 2018, of her own accord, one year to the day after Trump took office. “Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,” Sanders said. “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 also confirmed his former political aide will be leaving her position, and the White House, in a tweet. “Thank you, Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success,” Trump wrote.
CNN reports that the 43-year-old’s departure has been a long time coming following chief of staff John Kelly taking over in July. A former White House official told CNN that John Kelly and former chief of staff Reince Priebus both wanted to see Omarosa leave. “People have long been unsure what she did at the White House,” the official said, adding that people inside the White House had been openly questioning her value to the President. But it was the loyalty and friendship between Omarosa and Trump. During his 2016 presidential campaign, she was named Director of African-American Outreach. This kept her in the White House for this long, according to sources. Omarosa was one of Trump’s most outspoken supporters during the campaign. Omarosa infamously said in an interview with PBS Frontline that once Trump wins, “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump.”
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