President Trump’s outgoing aide Omarosa Manigault Newman says that she saw things in his White House that disquieted her.
“[There] were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with,” she said Thursday on ABC News’s “Good Morning America.”
“But when I have my story to tell 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,” Manigault Newman continued.
“And when I tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear. People had problems with my 14-year relationship with this president.”
Manigault Newman also denied reports that she was fired from her role and escorted off White House grounds following a confrontation with chief of staff John Kelly.
“John Kelly and I had a very straightforward discussion about concerns that I had, issues that I raised, and, as a result, I resigned,” she said.
“If I had confronted John Kelly, who is a very formidable person, it would garner enough attention for anyone in the room to at least take a picture or a video or something,” Manigault Newman added.
American Urban Radio Networks White House Correspondent April Ryan on Wednesday tweeted that Manigault Newman was fired rather than resigned.
“Sources say General Kelly did the firing and Omarosa was alleged to have acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump,” she wrote.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said that Manigault Newman’s resignation is effective Jan. 20, 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.
The former reality television star also works as Trump’s chief adviser on African-American issues to the White House.
Manigault Newman appeared on the first season of NBC’s “The Apprentice” in 2004, a reality television competition Trump hosted before entering politics.