Former Apprentice villain Omarosa Manigault Newman will reportedly leave her role as President Trump’s director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison next month to “pursue other opportunities,” the White House said Wednesday.
Manigault Newman’s role in the White House has always been a bit befuddling, even to insiders. Formerly the Trump campaign’s director of African-American outreach, Manigault Newman’s White House tenure was most famously marked by when she brought “members of her 39-person bridal party to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for an extended wedding photo shoot,” Politico reports. (She was banned from posting the photos.)
While unconfirmed, April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, reported Manigault Newman left in true former-reality-TV-star fashion:
I heard there was drama and she was escorted out of the building and off campus
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) December 13, 2017
The Office of the Public Liaison — which works to promote the president’s agenda — had “no organization, no calendar, nothing,” as one staffer told Politico. Even White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has admitted that “it’s pretty safe to say the early months were not as smooth as they could have been.” The Associated Press adds that “Manigault Newman’s decision comes at the start of what’s expected to be a round of departures heading into the new year.”