Secret Service denies WSJ report that Omarosa physically removed from White House

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Based on a report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the story of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s “resignation” from the White House may be somewhat misleading. The news outlet is reporting that the former “Apprentice” star had to be physically removed from the White House Tuesday.

An unnamed White House official allegedly told the WSJ that Omarosa was “physically dragged and escorted off the campus.” But the Secret Service later tweeted: “Reporting regarding Secret Service personnel physically removing Omarosa Manigault Newman from the complex is incorrect.”

The Secret Service issued a second statement late Wednesday, saying: “The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process 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.”

Trump took to Twitter and thanked Omarosa: “Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.”

All of this raises questions. The White House, via Press Secretary Sanders, put out a brief statement before the accusations in the WSJ surfaced. Sanders stated, “Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities. Her departure will not be effective until January 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”

The report from the WSJ, when combined with the follow-up statement from the Secret Service, cause confusion.   The agency said it was not involved in the “termination process” of the outspoken Trump ally. “Termination” and “resignation” carry significantly different meanings. Furthermore, prior to the WSJ article, the White House said she’d remain on staff through Jan. 20. Her departure on Tuesday sparks more confusion.

Omarosa Manigault Newman joined the administration as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, which was designed to garner outside support for the president’s agenda.

But she reportedly has drawn scrutiny from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

The former “Apprentice” contestant drew press attention after she brought her 39-person bridal party inside the White House this past spring for an “extended” photo shoot in the Rose Garden. It is unclear whether she had permission. She was reportedly banned from posting any of the photos online by White House officials, citing security and ethical concerns.

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