The overblown drama and theatrics of reality television were reportedly in full display at the White House this week as Omarosé Onée Manigault-Newman, better known as Omarosa of the hit NBC series The Apprentice, was dismissed from her duties as a communications assistant to United States President Donald Trump, who also happens to be the former star of the aforementioned reality TV show.
Details about Omarosa’s exit from the White House have been sketchy, but various reports suggest that the situation unfolded in a tumultuous manner. CBS News reported that Omarosa was not happy about being forced out of her job, which at one point required her to be in close contact with the President, and that she tripped the alarm system at the White House in an effort to speak to Trump even though she had already been escorted off the premises. An official statement from the Secret Service denies that agents escorted Omarosa; however, this is a task that is sometimes carried out by internal security and not necessarily by the brave agents who put their lives on the line to guard the President.
Other reports about Omarosa’s dismissal suggest that her days may have been numbered as early as September, when retired Marine Corps General John Kelly arrived in the White House to serve as Chief of Staff. At that time, Omarosa’s access to the President became restricted, a move that she did not appreciate. When recently told that her employment would come to an end in January, Omarosa reportedly became disgruntled and demanded to speak to Trump. She would later explain that she had resigned from her post, although the White House has only confirmed that she is no longer allowed to enter the premises. In an interview on Thursday, Omarosa refuted statements that implied she left the White House unwillingly, and reiterated that she had chosen to leave of her own accord, mentioning that certain situations she had witnessed over the past year had made her very “uncomfortable.”
The timing of Omarosa’s departure from the White House is not the best. The defeat of Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore in Alabama, a man who enjoyed the support of President Trump, hangs heavily in Capitol Hill because the balance of power is now shifting towards Democrats; moreover, African American voters turned out in force to ensure that Moore would not be elected. As the only African American woman in the White House, Omarosa had previously made remarks about the conspicuous lack of diversity among Trump’s staff.
Omarosa’s political connections to President Trump date back to the controversial 2016 electoral campaign that is currently being investigated by Congress, the Office of Special Counsel and the FBI for alleged collusion with Russian operatives.
The former TV star was in charge of African American affairs for the Trump campaign before joining the White House. Her role came under heavy criticism because her duties were not clearly defined; she also faced allegations of being unqualified for the job, but it should be noted that her White House experience dates back to the 1990s, when she worked at the office of former Vice President Al Gore.