According to the Associated Press, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders revealed that Omarisa Manigualt Newman, the director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaision, has resigned from her post. Her date of departure from her position will be January 20, exactly one year from the date of Trump’s inauguration. A statement about Manigualt’s departure from the White House read, “Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
However, reports have already surfaced that she was actually pushed out by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and she was very vocal about her disappointment with his decision.
This also follows rumors and reports dating back to September that said General Kelly was seeking to push Omarosa out. According to The Daily Beast, he reportedly limited her access to the president because she was bringing unvetted news stories to Trump’s desk, which were riling him up and not allowing him to focus on greater matters. In response to those rumors, she said she’d known Trump too long and been too valuable for any of that to be true.
“I’ve known him for 14 years, and expect to know him for many, many more,” she said to a TMZ photog while at Reagan International Airport in D.C. “I’ll always have his back. He values loyalty.”
Lastly, this also follows a report that after her April wedding, Manigualt did a photo shoot with her wedding party, a group of 39 people, at the White House. According to Politico, it’s unclear if she was given formal permission for the wedding shoot. However, because some lawyers and senior aides weren’t forewarned of her plans, she was banned from sharing those images online for fear of security and ethical concerns.
Manigualt, a former The Apprentice contestant, was a staunch Trump supporter, even in the face of some hearty criticism. Her dedication to his campaign was so bad that she became an adversary of her own community and even said she’d lost friends. Those friends included people who were supposed to be in her wedding.
“One of my bridesmaids,” she said before breaking down in tears. “A woman who was going to be in my wedding in the spring. I will never forget the people who turned their backs on me when all I was trying to do was help the Black community. It’s been so incredibly hard.”