The White House announced on Wednesday that Omarosa Manigault Newman, notorious former Apprentice contestant and director of communications for the Office of the Public Liaison, has resigned from her somewhat mysterious position in the White House, effective January 20.
This ought to be something of a relief to all involved, since no one, including Omarosa, seemed to know precisely what her job entailed, though she was placed in the highest White House salary bracket ($179,700). However, American Urban Radio Networks journalist and veteran White House correspondent April Ryan reports that she was, in fact, forced out—which would be Omarosa’s fourth (4th) time getting fired by Donald Trump.
Ryan (who was actually supposed to be a bridesmaid in Omarosa’s wedding earlier this year before the two publicly feuded, with Ryan claiming Omarosa was attempting to sabotage her career) reports, citing several sources, that chief of staff John Kelly—previously reported to have been trying to curtail Omarosa’s access to the president—did the firing.
The New York Times’ Yamiche Alcindor has echoed this report.
More Trump aides are expected to ride off into the sunset over the next month or so, after what one would assume to have been a spectacularly terrible grind. Deputy national security advisor Dina Powell, one of the few semi-qualified members of Trump’s foreign policy team, also recently resigned.
Before her time on The Apprentice, Omarosa was a failed political consultant in the Clinton White House (according to one Gore staffer, “she didn’t do her job, and it got everybody in trouble”). Omarosa gained particular notoriety in the media last month amid reports that she brought her 39-person bridal party into the White House relatively unannounced this past spring. In a recent and excellent Daily Beast profile, a baffled reporter trailed Omarosa as she planned her wedding during the workday:
It’s tough to sneak in a question to Omarosa—about her job, her life, her goals, about where exactly we are heading at this precise moment—because we are always walking, quickly and seemingly aimlessly across the West Wing, and in and out of rooms at the EEOB. At some point we are looking for a certain Josh, though we don’t ever locate him, and I never find out why he’s needed. As we knock on the door to one office, she finally muffles an answer as to what we’re doing: “… the faith communities, does anyone need to be blessed…”
Omarosa, who was the Trump campaign’s director of African-American outreach, also made news after pissing off the Congressional Black Caucus for signing a letter “The Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” and walked off a panel in August at the National Association of Black Journalists convention after a contentious exchange with Bounce TV’s Ed Gordon.
Hats off, pal.