Omarosa Being Pushed Out, Access To Trump Limited
Not so good news for Omarosa Manigault. According to a report, White House chief of staff John Kelly has sidelined the president Trump staffer from direct contact Oval Office. The former Celebrity Apprentice star is accused of triggering the president’s anger at detractors like Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Deadline reports,
“When Gen. Kelly is talking about clamping down on access to the Oval, she’s patient zero,” a source close to the Trump administration tells The Daily Beast. Kelly’s attempts to restrict what was formerly unfettered staff access to Trump has even included First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and previous press reports noted that former chief of staff Reince Priebus specifically tried to keep Manigault from various White House meetings. But anonymous sources suggest to the Daily Beast that Kelly has largely succeeded where Priebus failed, with Manigault’s direct access to Trump limited since late July. Manigault, who serves as the communications director for the Office of Public Liaison, was “one of the worst offenders” of conveying negative news coverage to the president, the article notes, prompting Trump to fume for “at least the rest of the day.” A specific example cited by a White House source was Manigault’s telling Trump about comments made by Morning Joe co-hosts Scarborough and Brzezinski, leading in part “to the president’s mounting rage against the MSNBC couple, which exploded in late June when Trump attacked them and tweeted that, among other things, Brzezinski ‘was bleeding badly from a face-lift.’” Manigault’s pot-stirring “quickly overshadowed her comms duties and pro-Trump outreach to African-American audiences,” per the Beast. The former Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice contestant seemed to specialize in stories that “generally originated at more obscure, gossipy websites, and concerned White House palace intrigue, media personalities, or prominent Republicans in Congress.”
Omarosa currently serves as the communications director for the Office of Public Liaison. She nor the White House have yet to comment.