Omarosa fired, ‘physically dragged’ from the White House
Former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault Newman had to be dragged kicking and screaming from the White House on Tuesday night after she refused to believe Donald Trump had fired her, according to reports.
The official version from the Trump administration was that the reality TV star-turned-political aide resigned “to pursue other opportunities.”
But numerous reports from inside the ever-leaky 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. had the now-ex-director of communications for the Public Liaison Office going out in a hail of profanities as chief of staff John Kelly told her to pack her things.
She then tried to storm into the president’s residence to appeal the decision to the commander-in-chief, according to a report.
“Gen Kelly Kicked her out [with] high drama with [Omarosa] offering vulgarities and curse words as she was escorted out of the building and off campus,” April Ryan, White House bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, tweeted Wednesday.
Ryan, who is also a CNN contributor, said in her radio report that Manigault Newman, 43, “was very upset and said that she wanted to speak to the president.
“Gen. Kelly said that the president was already informed and signed off,” she said, citing sources. “Gen. Kelly is also alleged to have said that this is not like going to the principal’s office.”
During the altercation, Manigault Newman told Kelly that she had brought the black vote to Trump, Ryan said, but he snapped: “No, that is not the case!”
After unleashing a stream of vulgarities, the spurned aide tried to walk over to Trump’s residence — but was stopped and physically removed from the premises, Ryan added.
A White House official said she was “physically dragged” out, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Ryan — who was friends with Manigault Newman until their relationship soured earlier this year — said Secret Service agents were the ones acting as bouncers.
The agency later denied in a tweet that it was the muscle — but seemed to confirm that she had to be “escorted” out, and noted that it had “deactivated” her security pass.
“The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms Manigault Newman or the escort off the complex,” the agency tweeted.
Marines also provide security in the White House.
Manigault Newman’s colleagues have often questioned her role in the White House — where she could be seen at presidential photo ops, strolling the corridors and occasionally in the briefing room.
She reportedly enjoyed unfettered access to Trump before Kelly took charge of the office — and was particularly effective at pushing his buttons with inflammatory news that often sparked some of his harshest tweets.
She’s widely believed to have been behind the president’s controversial tweet that “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski “was bleeding badly from a face-lift.”
When Kelly took over, he banned her from important meetings — which she’d previously waltzed into uninvited, the New York Times reported at the time.
Her departure also comes a month after an embarrassing report revealed that she brought her 39-person bridal party to the White House for a wedding photo shoot in April, blindsiding staff and security.
“The visitors loudly wandered around, looking to snap photos in the Rose Garden and throughout the West Wing,” Politico reported.
Two sources close to Trump said Manigault Newman’s departure has been a long time coming, CNN reported.
She had traveled with him to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson on Saturday, but a White House official told CNN that she has had no direct access to the president for months.
In August, Manigault Newman got into a shouting match at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans when she sidestepped questions about her role in the White House.
She recently said she was ready for the next move — and wanted to spend time with her husband, travel to Europe and go back to being a minister.
Manigault Newman, a former Democrat, has known Trump since the first season of “The Apprentice” in 2004, when she emerged as the villainous breakout star.
“People have long been unsure what she did at the White House,” a former White House official told CNN. “Many of her colleagues are elated by today’s news.”