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.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House welcomes a “conversation” that both parties plan to have about banning bump stocks, indicating President Trump is open to the idea and wants to be part of the talks.
So, let’s be careful here. Democrats don’t care much about bump stocks, the devices that get a semi-automatic weapon to fire temporarily with the rapidity of an automatic weapon. I’d never heard of them before the Las Vegas shooting, but since learning about them I’ve seen no good reason for them and think they should be banned too. What Democrats want is to open up a general discussion on gun control and go after basic Second Amendment rights. So the White House has to be careful not to get into a room with them and give away the gun store.
I think Trump realizes, though, that if he starts backing down on the Second Amendment, his base will desert him and he will end up with a primary challenge at worst or at the very least an electorate that fails to turn out in the general election to support him.
Following the White House statement – and the recognition of writing on the wall – the National Rifle Association echoed the call for the government to consider action against bump stocks.
“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” the NRA said in a written statement.
The spouses of several Secret Service agents are circulating a petition calling for the immediate removal of the special agent who wrote on Facebook that she would rather face “jail time” than take “a bullet” for President Trump, the Washington Examiner reported.
The spouses, who requested anonymity out of fear of retribution against their husbands and wives, are speaking out against the special agent in question, Kerry O’Grady, because they say they no longer have faith that she can lead the Denver district office where their spouses work.
The online petition, addressed to Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, calls for the agency to “act now and terminate [Special Agent in Charge] Kerry O’Grady from the duties she boldly stated she will not perform.”