Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former aide to President Donald Trump, provided NBC with what she claims is a recording of a conversation with Trump that took place after White House chief of staff John Kelly fired her.
Omarose Onee Manigault-Newman often referred to mononymously as Omarosa, is an American reality television show participant and former political aide who is best known for her appearances as a contestant on The Apprentice and its sister programs The Celebrity Apprentice and All-Star Celebrity Apprentice as well as for serving as the Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the White House during the Trump administration.
After exiting the Trump administration, she competed on Celebrity Big Brother and made it to the final five of the season while also garnering headline news for her objections expressed against Donald Trump and his administration. TV Guide included her in its 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest TV Villains of All Time.
During the Republican National Convention in July 2016, Omarosa announced that she had been named Director of African-American Outreach for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.In September 2016, she said in an interview with Frontline: “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”Shortly after Donald Trump won the election, Omarosa stated that Donald Trump has an “enemies” list of Republicans who voted against him in the presidential election.
In December 2016, Omarosa was announced as one of nine additional members to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.In December 2016, Omarosa accompanied former NFL stars Ray Lewis and Jim Brown to meet with President-elect Trump at Trump Tower.
On January 3, 2017, it was reported that Omarosa would join Trump’s White House staff, focusing on public engagement. Her specific title was made public the next day as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison. In her first interview after being named to the Trump White House, she told Megyn Kelly that she was a “Trumplican” and had switched her political affiliation to the Republican Party. She hopes more African Americans will follow her lead and do the same, given how she believes Democrats take African American voters for granted, making empty promises to them.
In June 2017 Omarosa invited the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to visit the White House, signing the invitation as “the Honorable Omarosa Manigault”. Some members of the CBC took exception to her use of the title, which is neither customary for political aides nor typically self-applied. The CBC ultimately declined the invitation. In August 2017, Omarosa was on a panel about losing loved ones to violence at National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans. She got into a shouting match with moderator and fellow panelist Ed Gordon because his questions to her focused on Trump’s policies and not her personal history with losing family members to violence.