Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former contestant on President Trump’s “The Apprentice” who followed Trump into the White House to work on outreach to various constituency groups, has resigned and will leave the White House next month.
“Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement. “Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
Newman is one of Trump’s best-known African American supporters.
UPDATE: Wall Street Journal reports she was dragged out of the White House, though it appears she will get paid until January 20, her last official day.
According to WSJ:
Ms. Manigault Newman’s departure was abrupt, according to a White House official, who said that Ms. Manigault Newman was “physically dragged and escorted off the campus” Tuesday evening.
Ms. Manigault Newman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a tweet, the U.S. Secret Service, which protects the president, said it deactivated Ms. Manigault Newman’s White House access pass Tuesday night but wasn’t involved in removing her from the complex.