Although Omarosa Manigault-Newman denies being fired from her role in President Donald Trump’s administration, the former reality star alluded to situations in the White House that made her feel “uncomfortable” and “upset,” leading to her resignation.
In a sit-down with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America Thursday, Manigault-Newman shot down reports that she was dramatically escorted out of the White House after being canned.
“[Chief of staff] John Kelly and I had a very straight-forward discussion about concerns that I had, issues that I had raised, and as a result, I resigned and it will be taking place January 20, when I leave this very interesting administration,” she said.
Manigault-Newman explained that while Trump “chose me for his team,” Kelly may not have wanted her on his roster.
However, the former director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison revealed that she was unhappy with the handling of certain situations.
When Strahan asked about reports that she was displeased with the handling of this year’s Charlottesville riots and Trump’s support of Roy Moore in the race for Alabama senator, she was vague but promised to share her thoughts someday.
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“Because I am serving until [Jan.] 20th, I have to be very careful about how I answer this,” she said. “But there were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with. That I was very uncomfortable with. Things that I heard and observed. I can’t expand upon it because I still have to go back and work with these individuals.”
Manigault-Newman continued, “When I have a chance to tell my story, quite a story to tell, as the only African American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president. I have seen things that made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people. When I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”
Manigault-Newman explained that her pass had been changed to restrict her access at the White House and denied reports that she tried to enter the residence at the White House.
“Certainly I had more access than most, and people had problems with that,” she said. “People had problems with my 14-year relationship with his president, but I’ve always been loyal to him, straight-forward, and I’ve provided him with the support he needed throughout this year.”