Omarosa Leaving White House

Reports differ on whether she quit or was fired
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2017 10:06 AM CST
Omarosa Manigault Newman smiles at reporters as she walks through the lobby of Trump Tower in New York in December 2016.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Omarosa is out at the White House. The one-time Apprentice star, full name Omarosa Manigault Newman, is once again parting ways with President Trump. The reasons aren't clear, but the AP notes that it means Trump is losing one of his most high-profile supporters in the African-American community. Omarosa had served as communications chief for the Office of Public Liaison, responsible for reaching out to various constituency groups. An official White House statement says Omarosa resigned to "pursue other opportunities" and wishes her the best, but the departure may not have been on the best of terms.

The White House says the resignation is effective in January, but New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor tweeted that she's hearing Omarosa was "let go" on Tuesday and escorted from the White House by security. Fox News adds that Omarosa is believed to have been on the outs with chief of staff John Kelly. One thing that most definitely didn't help her status: In the spring, she brought her entire bridal party, all 39 people, to the Rose Garden for a photo shoot that appears not to have been sanctioned. The White House forbade her to post any of those images, per Fox. She also got some negative press when the Daily Beast ran a profile suggesting that her job duties were a little murky.

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