As reports clash over whether Omarosa Manigault Newman was fired or resigned from the White House, the former director of communications is setting the record straight. And her stance conflicts with what sources report of her dismissal.
“I resigned,” Newman tells Good Morning America Thursday, Dec. 14. “And I didn’t do it in the residence as what’s being reported. “[Chief of Staff] John Kelly and I sat down in the Situation Room … and we had a very candid conversation. And I wanted to make the one-year mark — that was one of the goals that I set out to [do] — and then get back to my life.”
Newman, whose last day is Jan. 20, seemed to shoot down a report that emerged Wednesday from long-time White House correspondent April Ryan, who tweeted that she heard Kelly fired Newman. Ryan said Newman “is alleged to have acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump.”
The correspondent added multiple sources said Newman was escorted off the premises. Congress and social justice reporter Yamiche Alcindor corroborated that claim through sources as well and said Newman had been calling friends to say she resigned from her post.
“If I had confronted John Kelly, who is a very formidable person, it would garner enough attention for anyone in the room to at least take a picture or a video or something,” she says. “The assertion that I would [be vulgar and curse] in front of 600 guests at a Christmas party and no one has reported that except for one individual who has a personal vendetta against me … I have to tell you, [it’s] completely false, unverified reporting.”
Newman also denied she was escorted off the campus and cited a statement from the Secret Service supporting her claim.
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
Regarding the deactivation of her pass, Newman said her access to classified documents had changed, which required her pass to change as well.
She further addressed a Washington Post report that claimed she was unhappy with how Trump handled the unrest in Charlottesville, Va. Newman admitted that she wasn’t happy with how things were progressing under Trump’s presidency.
“There were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with, that I was very uncomfortable with, things that I observed, that I heard, that I listened to.”
Omarosa and the White House
“I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people,” she adds. “And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”
At the end of the segment, “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts didn’t seem too sad to see Maginault go.
“She said she has a story to tell, and I’m sure she’ll be selling that story,” she said. “So yeah, she will. Bye Felicia.”
However, Trump, Maginault’s friend of 14 years and former boss on “The Apprentice,” wished the soon-to-be former communications director good luck.
Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
After the interview aired, others began flooding the Twitter timelines with their takes.
Soooooooo…Omarosa DIDN’T get fired, she resigned…K 👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/vaVHGUfVq0
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) December 14, 2017
Omarosa: “My community and my people…”
The Blacks: pic.twitter.com/62XyG08Qoa
— Tile Thrower (@kidnoble) December 14, 2017
This Omarosa interview on GMA is b-a-n-a-n-a-s. Her answer on the Secret Service deactivating her WH badge makes NO sense.
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) December 14, 2017
April Ryan Press Credentials to the White House needs to be revoked, and CNN should retract their story and fire her for spreading a lie. Because of her vindictiveness towards @OMAROSA, she is the one who conjured up a lie just to spread it! #FireHer pic.twitter.com/fB80gR1tju
— Diamond and Silk® (@DiamondandSilk) December 14, 2017
Are you telling me it took Omarosa 11 months to figure out that Donald Trump is an incompetent, unqualified, racist, xenophobic, divisive demagogue? And she only figured it out after she got fired? https://t.co/KPKR0bjytB
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 14, 2017
She’s collecting a check of your tax dollars for a job she can’t even go to because security kicked her off the property and took her credentials. She’s a freaking leech.
— call gunna if you want you a birkin (@KiaSpeaks) December 14, 2017