On Wednesday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced the resignation of top aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. Sanders said that she was leaving her role to pursue other opportunities.
Sanders said, “Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities. Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
Manigault Newman, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” has been known as a high-profile supporter of President Trump. She served in the White House Office of Public Liaison as a communications official.
Previous reports said that Manigault Newman has been feeling uneasy about her position ever since Chief of Staff John Kelly came on board in the summer. Sources close to President Trump said that the only reason that she was able to stay for the year was her friendship with President Trump. Reportedly, her role has been "ill-defined" ever since Kelly came to the White House.
Now, the story is being questioned. New rumors emerged about Manigault Newman’s exit from the White House. While Sanders said that the aide left on her own terms and that she will be staying until January, CNN’s April Ryan sent out a series of tweets early Wednesday morning that is contrary to that story.
The reporter is claiming that Manigault Newman was actually “forcibly removed” from the White House and that there was a dramatic scene surrounding the departure.
Below are the tweets that Ryan sent out.
So far, none of these rumors have been confirmed. The White House is still sticking to the story that it was a planned resignation.
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