WH Aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Disputes Reports That She Was Fired, Escorted Off WH Grounds

By Melanie Arter | December 14, 2017 | 7:29 PM EST

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman (Screenshot of ABC video)

(CNSNews.com) - White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who is a longtime friend to President Donald Trump, told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Thursday that she was not escorted off the White House grounds when she resigned from the White House on Wednesday.

“I resigned, and I didn’t do that in the residence as being reported. John Kelly and I sat down in the Situation Room, which is a very secure, very quiet room in the White House, and we had a very candid conversation, and I wanted to make the one-year mark. That was one of the goals that I set out to, and then get back to my life,” she told ABC’s Michael Strahan.

Manigault Newman disputed reports that she was fired and that she did it in a public way.

“No, and you know, I like to hear all of these interesting tales, but I have to tell you that they’re 100 percent false,” she said. “One of the things that I’d ask of those who people who are making those assertions, since they assert that I did it so publicly, is where are the pictures or videos? 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.

“The assertion that I would do that in front of 600 guests at a Christmas party and no one has reported that except for one individual who has a personal vendetta against me, I have to tell you completely false, unverified reporting, and John Kelly and I had a very straightforward discussion about concerns that I had, issues that I had raised, and as a result, I resigned, and it will be taking place January the 20th when I leave this very interesting administration,” she said.

The White House confirmed Manigault Newman’s resignation Wednesday.

“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,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Manigault Newman said all the false reports are coming from just one person, who had a personal vendetta against her. Although she did not name the person, American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) White House Correspondent April Ryan tweeted Wednesday that sources told her Manigault was escorted out of the White House, shouting profanities after being told by Chief of Staff John Kelly that she was fired.

“No one else has reported what she’s reporting, and this is the one person who has attacked me for the last year, so you know that this is personal,” Manigault Newman said.

She also said she was not escorted off the White House grounds by the Secret Service - a fact that the Secret Service confirmed on its Twitter account.

“The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms Manigault Newman or the escort off of the complex. Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual's pass which grants access to the complex,” the Secret Service tweeted.

“No, I was not, and in fact, Secret Service put out a statement, because I think that they were bothered with the assertion that they were involved with any type of escorting or shutting me down, that sort of thing, and I think you should take the word of the U.S. Secret Service over someone who has a personal vendetta to bring me down, and they personally gain by continuing to advance these false narratives,” Manigault Newman said.

When asked why the Secret Service would deactivate her pass if she’s still working at the White House until January 20, she said, "I’m glad you asked me that, because there are three complexes in the White House, and as you are restricted or limited, your access to certain areas is restricted.

“And so, obviously with me leaving, I wouldn’t be given and advanced the same type of access to classified information, to personal presidential communication, and so that access changed, which means that my pass has to change, and so what they tweeted was correct,” Manigault Newman said.

“One, I was not escorted. You can believe the Secret Service of that, and their deactivating my pass - reducing and restricting it to areas that I can only go - was absolutely correct, and it should be done. As people’s roles in the White House change, so should their access. What they tweeted is correct, and I believe that CNN should correct their reporting based on the fact that Secret Service advanced that statement that I was not escorted. I did not cause a disruption, and I believe that their word is truly valid,” she said.

“One of your friends said - Armstrong Williams. Armstrong Williams told the Washington Post you were unhappy with Trump’s handling of Charlottesville and also his endorsement of Roy Moore. Is that true?” Strahan asked.

“You know, because I am serving until the 20th, I have to be very careful about how I answer this, but there were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with, that I was very uncomfortable with, things that I observed, that I heard, that I listened to,” Manigault Newman said.

She said she couldn’t expound on that, “because I have to still go back and work with these individuals, but when I have a chance to tell my story, Michael, quite a 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, and when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”

When asked about Manigault Newman’s interview with “Good Morning America,” her thoughts about writing a tell-all book and her being uncomfortable with certain issues while she was at the White House, the press secretary said, “I did see some clips of that. In terms of a tell-all, that's a question I think you would have to ask her. She resigned from her position yesterday.

“She'll be here later this afternoon. We put out a statement yesterday, and I don't have any changes to add to that, and certainly, as has been the practice in the past and will continue to be in the future, we don't comment much further than that on personnel matters,” Sanders said.


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