Trump aide Omarosa Manigault says she has resigned her position at The White House, but an initial report from CNN’s April Ryan claimed she was fired and had to be dragged from the premises after security stopped her from walking into The Oval Office to confront President Trump.
Omarosa, The White House and the Secret Service have all dismissed the claims by Ryan, saying she was never removed from the White House grounds.
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
Describing what actually took place, Manigault said, “I resigned and I didn’t do that in the residence as being reported, John Kelly and I sat down in the Situation Room and we had a very candid conversation.”
The Trump aide claimed the false report was fueled by a personal grudge held by April Ryan, stating, “The assertion that I would do that 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, and I have to tell you… completely false reporting.”
“No one else has reported what she’s reporting and this is the one person who has attacked me for the last year and so you know this is personal,” she continued.
Citing the Secret Service statement on the situation, Omarosa called for CNN to correct their reporting, but April Ryan has only doubled down, asserting, “That’s what a White House correspondent does: listens to sources inside the White House and outside of the White House.”
Manigault will be departing The White House on January 20th and already has an idea of what she’d like to do after leaving.
“When I have a chance to tell my story, to tell — quite a story — as the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, 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 and when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear,” she declared.
When asked about Trump’s promises to unify the country, Omarosa was optimistic about his efforts, explaining, “I think that he tried in his own way. There are things that he could have done and things that this administration needs to continue to do to try to bring this country together and hopefully they’ll succeed for the good of the nation.”