Omarosa Manigault Newman has to be escorted from White House after chief of staff fires herBy Brian Niemietz and Denis Slattery
New York Daily News
December 14. 2017 1:48AM
Omarosa Manigault Newman just couldn’t accept the fact that she was being fired — again.
The former “The Apprentice” contestant-turned-political aide threw a tantrum in the White House and demanded she be allowed to speak with President Donald Trump on Wednesday as chief of staff John Kelly gave her the boot, sources told the Daily News.
“General Kelly didn’t allow her to speak to him. That’s why she was cursing and threatening,” according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Manigault Newman was then unceremoniously escorted from the West Wing.
“It got physical and she had to be removed,” the source said.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders painted Manigault Newman’s end in more magnanimous terms, telling reporters that her resignation will be effective Jan. 20, one year since Trump’s inauguration.
Manigault Newman’s departure from the Trump administration has been rumored since September — following a string of controversies that mirror her former reality TV antics.
A month earlier, the 43-year-old endured a chaotic trip to the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans.
An 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.
The two-time “Apprentice” villain-turned-senior White House official also ruffled feathers when she reportedly brought members of her 39-person bridal party to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for an extended wedding photo shoot.
The unannounced April visit to the White House — with Manigault Newman in full bridal gear — caught fellow senior aides and some security officials by surprise.
She married Pastor John Allen Newman later that month in a small ceremony at the post office-turned-hotel blocks from the White House and owned by her boss.
Sources told the Daily News in September that Kelly was unhappy with Manigault Newman’s influence on the president and her ability to get him worked up over hot topics.
Kelly cited a litany of reasons, including Manigault Newman not getting along with the new head of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, for her dismissal.
Manigault Newman “acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump,” sources told American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan.
“And she said, ’I brought the black vote.’ General Kelly said, ’No, you did not. It’s not there,’ ” Ryan told CNN.
Manigault Newman then tried to enter the residence area of the White House and had to be escorted from the building, 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.
Manigault Newman, commonly referred to as just Omarosa, appeared on the 2004 season of Trump’s reality show and earned a reputation as a ruthless competitor.
She was “fired” by Trump during the run, but reappeared years later on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”
She starred on other reality shows and stayed close to Trump.
Manigault Newman, who previously worked for Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton era, joined Trump’s campaign early on and served as his director of African-American outreach.
She later joined the administration as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, working on outreach to various constituency groups.
But there were many unanswered questions about her role in the administration and what she did on a day-to-day basis remained unclear. Manigault Newman earned $179,700 a year and worked in the Eisenhower office building near the White House.
“We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service,” Sanders said in a statement.
Manigault Newman’s exit comes after a tumultuous first year for the Trump administration that saw an unusually high number of departures.
The White House said last week that deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will leave the administration early next year.