Omarosa on Exit: I Saw Things That Made Me 'Uncomfortable'

She also says there's 'one person' who has a 'personal vendetta' against her
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2017 10:55 AM CST
Race Issues May Have Played Role in Omarosa's Exit
Omarosa Manigault is seen at Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 13, 2016.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Details of Omarosa Manigault Newman's exit from the White House are firming up, and it doesn't appear the break was as straightforward as Trump's administration claims. Though the Secret Service has denied reports that agents escorted Omarosa from the building Tuesday, sources tell the Daily Beast she caused a "ruckus" and was denied a visit with Trump before she left. Appearing on Good Morning America on Thursday, Omarosa said such reports—and others suggesting chief of staff John Kelly limited her access to Trump—were the result of "one person" with a "personal vendetta" against her. But, noting she had to be "careful" since her resignation is effective Jan. 20, Omarosa also said "there were a lot of things I observed over the past year that I was uncomfortable with" as an African-American, reports USA Today.

A longtime friend says Omarosa only planned to work for a year as director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison; he notes she was also irked by Trump's endorsement of Roy Moore, per the Washington Post. Regardless of the reason, however, Omarosa's exit "on the day that black voters helped catapult Democrat Doug Jones to an upset victory in the Senate race in Alabama" leaves Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson as the only black official among Trump's senior staffers and highlights "the stark lack of diversity in Trump's administration and the GOP's diminishing appeal to minority communities," the Post reports. Omarosa may not be going far, though. TMZ reports she hopes to find work as a lobbyist, undersecretary, local liaison for Trump's administration in Florida, or as US ambassador to Nigeria. (More Omarosa stories.)

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