Omarosa Manigault Newman is making some fierce claims about her time in the Donald Trump administration on “Celebrity Big Brother” Thursday night. And after the sneak peek hit the web, the White House is firing back.
When housemate and TV personality Ross Matthews asked Newman why she took the White House director of communications role, she reasoned it was for the country — not for her former “The Apprentice” boss.
“I felt like it was a call to duty, I felt like I was serving my country by serving him,” says Newman, who parted ways with the Trump administration in January. “When I was accepting a political appointment, it was always about the country. Like, I was haunted by tweets every single day. Like, ‘what is he gonna tweet next?’”
Trump is known for his unfiltered Twitter declarations, from slamming protesting NFL stars to getting into a beef with Snoop Dogg to gloating about his greater nuclear power over North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Matthews asked if anyone ever said anything to Trump about his tweets and Newman said she tried to be the person to question his actions. However, she says, she was pushed out of his inner circle.
“I mean, I tried to be that person, and then all of the people around him attacked me,” she says tearfully.
“It’s not my circus, not my monkeys,” she later adds of who has a say in what occurs. “I’d like to say not my problem but I can’t say that because it’s bad.”
And Newman is not joking when she says so, either. When Matthews hopes that he hears he has nothing to worry about, Newman confesses, “No, it’s gonna not be OK. It’s not. It’s so bad.”
While these claims may seem damaging, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah says they are taking Newman’s statements “not very seriously.”
“Omarosa was fired three times on ‘The Apprentice,’ and this is the fourth time we let her go,” Shah said. “She had limited contact with the president while here, she has no contact now.”
@paulreidcbs: What is the White House’s reaction to comments made by @OMAROSA on Celebrity Big Brother?
Shah: Not very seriously. Omarosa was fired three times on the Apprentice and this was the fourth time we let her go. https://t.co/62Gmqw9aAI pic.twitter.com/pdc05oviHu
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 8, 2018