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FILE - In this April 27, 2017 file photo, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, political aide and communications director for the Office of Public Liaison at the White House under President Donald Trump's administration, speaks at the Women's Power Luncheon of the 2017 National Action Network convention, in New York. Manigault Newman, an assistant to President Donald Trump, says a mid-September conference has been moved to the White House campus from a hotel in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Omarosa Manigault Newman is leaving the Trump administration


The White House says that one of President Trump’s most visible African-American allies plans on leaving his administration in January.

Omarosa Manigault Newman’s resignation is effective Jan. 20, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

Huckabee Sanders added that Manigault Newman’s departure comes one year since Trump’s inauguration.

Manigault Newman serves as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, a role involving outreach to various constituency groups.

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The former reality television star also serves as Trump’s chief adviser on African-American issues to the White House.

American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan on Wednesday tweeted that Manigault Newman was fired rather than resigning.

“According to multiple sources Omarosa did not resign,” she wrote. “She was even escorted out of [the] building and off campus.”

“Sources say General Kelly did the firing and Omarosa is alleged to have acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump,” Ryan continued, referencing White House chief of staff John Kelly.

“The word is General Kelly had it and got rid of her. This is not the first firing for Omarosa from Trump!”

New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor on Wednesday tweeted that Manigault Newman’s ouster occurred the day before.

“On Omarosa’s exit: I just talked to sources who tell me Omarosa was let go yesterday and that she was escorted off of the White House grounds by security,” she wrote.

“They say she is now calling friends saying that she left voluntarily because her year anniversary was coming up,” Alcindor added.

Manigault Newman appeared on the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice” in 2004, a reality television series Trump hosted before entering politics.

Trump fired Manigault Newman from the competition during week 9 of that season, but her time on the popular television series made her a celebrity.

Manigault Newman’s exit is the first of an expected flurry of departures from Trump’s administration as 2018 dawns.

The White House announced last week that deputy national security adviser Dina Powell would also leave her role early next year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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