In one of the more bizarre stories coming out of the White House, and most of them are already pretty bizarre, Trump’s former Apprentice contestant and aide Omarosa Manigault was apparently fired this morning. For those who actually watched Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice,” Omarosa was regarded as the contestant everybody loved to hate. Or so I’m told.
She had been with Trump since the campaign, and as a White House aide, Omarosa was paid the maximum salary of $179,000 plus had her own assistant. Her official title is Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She had “walk in” access to the Oval Office – until General John Kelly took over as Trump’s Chief of Staff.
So just what, exactly, does a Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison do on the job? According to numerous sources, nobody including Omarosa herself, ever knew. As one of the few African Americans in the Trump administration, one would expect her duties would include outreach to the black community.
But the New York Times reported back in August that her attendance at the National Association of Black Journalists annual meeting, she got into a shouting match with one of the other people in a panel discussion and stormed off the stage.
Then there was the kerfuffle when she decided to start calling herself The Honorable Omorosa Maginault in a letter to members of the Black Caucus in Congress (who are entitled to use that honorific). Members of Congress are entitled to use that title. Not aides in the White House. Of course, if her father were a British Baron, she could justifiably use the title.
As is usual in political, as well as business, terminations, there is always more than one side to the story.
According to the official White House statement issued on December 13 by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
“Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities. Her resignation will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in her future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
Translations: She was given the option to resign instead of being fired. We hope to never see her again.
But then the story starts getting really interesting. According to a report by the New York Daily News, among many other outlets, when General Kelly told Omarosa her services would no longer be required she “threw a tantrum and demanded she be allowed to speak with the President.” The Daily News goes on to state “General Kelly didn’t allow her to speak to him. That’s why she was cursing and threatening.”
White House correspondent April Ryan is also quoted in the Daily News article. She says that Omarosa “acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump.” When she went on to tell General Kelly that “I brought the black vote” he responded “No, you did not. It’s not there.”
Ryan goes on to say that she (Omarosa) then tried to enter the private residence in the White House in order to gain access to the president. At that point, General Kelly intervened and had her physically removed from the White House premises.
Yup, that is totally how most people react when they resign their jobs to pursue “other opportunities.”
If Omarosa is smart (but people who try to take on 4-star Marine generals and expect to win usually aren’t) she will keep her head low and wait for January 20th to arrive without any fuss. That date probably signifies her eligibility for certain benefits.
The Secret Service recently released the following statement:
The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms Manigault Newman or the escort off of the complex. Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual's pass which grants access to the complex.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) December 13, 2017
Okay, so she wasn’t escorted out by the Secret Service (no big deal); there are plenty of able bodied men in the White House perfectly capable of removing her. But they did admit they did deactivate her pass to the White House (big deal). Bye bye Felicia.
The Trump administration has now exceeded the expectations of a reality TV show. It has become THE. BEST. DAMN. SOAP. OPERA. EVER.