Omarosa Manigault Newman, who has served the Trump administration as the communications director at the Office of Public Liaison for the past year, announced on Wednesday that she had resigned from her role, and she has appeared on two talk shows Thursday to start telling her story.
In an interview with ABC’s “Nightline” Thursday evening, the newly departed Trump adviser claimed the “lack of diversity” in Trump’s administration made her very lonely.
It was all about race, as ABC’s Deb Roberts asked Omarosa what was it like “to be the only black person at the table.”
“At times it was very difficult,” Omarosa responded dramatically. “I worked with 30 assistants to the president, and we all answer to General Kelly. We have our morning senior staff meetings with General Kelly, and as I looked to my left and look to my right, and the only people who were there were folks that didn’t look like you and I.”
She continued, “There was a lack of diversity that I will acknowledge, and at times it was very lonely because a majority of them were white men who had their own agendas. Many of them had never worked with minorities… didn’t know how to interact with them. So at times they would say very little, unless it was policy driven or decision driven, or there was a presidential action.”
“I didn’t have a whole lot of conversations with many of them. On the other hand, there were some of them who became very great friends. And so it has been very, very challenging being the only African American woman on the senior staff,” she lamented.
In another portion of the interview, Manigault Newman said President Trump is not a racist, but he is “racial.”
.@OMAROSA Manigault says ‘at times it was very difficult’ being only black person in the room. Manigault, who is leaving her role as a senior aide at the Office of the Public Liason, tells @DebRobertsABC about morning staff meetings with Trump’s chief of staff Gen. John Kelly. pic.twitter.com/dC4djdGexh
— Nightline (@Nightline) December 14, 2017
“Donald Trump is racial, but he is not a racist.’ @OMAROSA Manigault, who is leaving her role as a senior aide at the Office of the Public Liason, told @DebRobertsABC she acknowledges Trump has made “racially charged” statements recently. More tonight on Nightline. pic.twitter.com/KEgKIS75Ja
— Nightline (@Nightline) December 14, 2017
Thursday morning, Manigault Newman told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she has quite a story to tell, claiming, “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 [have] affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement Wednesday, saying, “Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities. Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
Omarosa Manigault Newman was a former contestant on Trump’s NBC reality show, “The Apprentice,” and was a huge Trump supporter prior to the presidential election. After his inauguration, President Trump gave her the special role within his administration.
After her departure, President tweeted his thanks, saying, “Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.”
When reporters questions President Trump on Thursday about her departure, he responded simply, “I like Omarosa. Omarosa is a good person.”
He had not yet heard her remarks on ABC’s Nightline.
“I like Omarosa.” President Trump says while answering a reporter’s question on former WH official Omarosa Manigault who was fired and escorted from the White House on Wednesday https://t.co/YLTvxYwr9u pic.twitter.com/AQw2LjW6G7
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 14, 2017
— Deborah Roberts (@DebRobertsABC) December 14, 2017
— Candace Smith (@CandaceSmith_) December 14, 2017
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