Omarosa’s final days at White House full of controversy, accusations
HAZEL TRICE EDNEY | 1/18/2018, 5:41 p.m.
Omarosa Manigault Newman, best known for her first name only, who has resigned under duress from her public liaison job at the White House, is leaving true to form—amid a cloud of controversy and with sparks flying.
The White House has confirmed her resignation, effective Jan. 20. The official White House reason is that she is leaving to pursue “other opportunities.”
“Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success,” said a Dec. 13 tweet from President Donald Trump, who hand-picked Omarosa, a friend. They have known each other 14 years, since her national television debut on his reality show, “The Apprentice.”
But the full circumstances surrounding Omarosa’s departure remain cloudy at best amid numerous reports that she was fired or forced to resign in a heated confrontation with Trump’s Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly. She has only conceded that there was a tense conversation with Kelly in the White House Situation Room. Since his arrival last July, Kelly had limited her access to the Oval Office, where she initially had the freedom to come and go.
On ABC, the only media outlet that has interviewed her since the resignation, the clearly angry Omarosa said reports that she was fired are “a hundred percent false.” But, then she added, “But when I have a chance to tell my story to tell—quite a story—as the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people, and when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”
Omarosa was reached to obtain responses on issues raised in this article, but she declined comment because she is still a White House employee until Jan. 20. She was only allowed the interviews with ABC News.
Black Republicans say Omarosa blocked them from jobs
Meanwhile, Black Republicans claim Omarosa blocked them from jobs to maintain her status as the “only African-American woman ... senior staff and assistant to the president,” as she described herself on ABC. Her actual title is assistant to the president and director of communications in the White House Office of Public Liaison.
But her actual job description appears not to have been clearly defined. In interviews with the Trice Edney News Wire, Black Republicans blame her for blocking Black job applicants from the Trump administration, including Republican stalwart Kay Coles James, who was appointed Dec. 19 as the first African-American and first woman president of the conservative Heritage Foundation.
“I was blocked personally,” said Eugene Craig. “Essentially, my file was pulled, and I wasn’t deemed pro-Trump enough. The official excuse was that I wasn’t pro-Trump enough, although I was the sitting chair of the Maryland Republican Party.”
Sources said because of President Trump’s need for loyalty, that attribute was among the top considerations for key White House positions. Craig admits that he was a “never Trumper all the way,” but that was during the campaign. Craig says he noticed that when the time came for consideration for jobs and the broad banner of Republicanism, white never-Trumpers were given consideration, whereas African-Americans were not.