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Why did Trump’s most vocal black supporter suddenly quit?

Omarosa Manigault Newman

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - While the White House claims that Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of  U.S. President Donald Trump's most vocal black supporters had resigned - sources claimed otherwise.

On Tuesday, Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary said that Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of Trump's most high-profile African-American supporters, will leave one year to the day after Trump took office.

Newman, who was a former contestant on "The Apprentice," plans to leave the White House Office of Public Liaison to "pursue other opportunities" next month.

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."

Newman was often referred to by viewers as the "villain" on Trump's reality TV show.

However, according to White House correspondent April Ryan, Newman was fired by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and was escorted out of the building after a vulgar tirade.

According to two sources close to Trump, Newman's departure has been a long time coming. 

After joining the Trump White House as the top communications official at the White House Office of Public Liaison, her role began to feel ill-defined when chief of staff John Kelly took over in July.

Sources said that it was her loyalty and friendship with Trump that kept her there for longer than anyone expected.

Newman last travelled with Trump to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson on Saturday. 

However, according to a White House official, Newman has had no access to Trump for months and is considered to be a non-stop problem in the West Wing.

According to some critics, Newman seemed to spend more time planning her wedding than organising outreach.

One report noted that during her tenure, she attracted controversy when she brought a 39-person wedding party to the White House for an impromptu photo shoot.

Much of Newman's work centred around being a high-profile Trump surrogate with African-American voters. 

However, that role was often contentious and her appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists' annual convention in New Orleans earlier this year spiralled into a shouting match about Trump's views on police brutality.

Over the summer, she caused an uproar at an event for black journalists, when she paced on stage while arguing with the panel's moderator and refused to discuss her boss, Trump.

She has also faced criticism for making Apprentice jokes at White House events and sometimes leaving early.

Previously, in 2004, during an interview with Playboy, Trump described Newman as a liar and said he would not offer her a job reference, except if she was appearing on a soap opera.

However, following his election to the White House, he appointed her to the Office of Public Liaison earning a reported $179,700 ($134,000) a year.

According to reports, White House officials have long expected that some Trump aides would leave the White House in January and Newman is the latest example that an exodus from the White House could happen. 

Earlier this month, White House aides announced that Trump's deputy national security adviser, Dina Powell, plans to leave after the President's first year in office.

While it is traditional for administrations to experience a spate of departures after a new President’s the first year in office, Trump's year has been particularly bruising.

Now, as he closes in on completing a year in power, some officials are preparing for more departures than usual.

The changes, mostly came after John Kelly took over as the Chief of Staff.

Since the start of his new role, he has been moving controversial figures out, trying to make the White House seem more staid.

Since he started, Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka and Anthony Scaramucci have all left. 

According to a former White House official, both Kelly and former chief of staff Reince Priebus wanted to let Manigault Newman go.

The former official said, "People have long been unsure what she did at the White House.”

The official added that people inside the White House had been openly wondering "what value she brought" to the operation.

The former official added, “Many of her colleagues are elated by today's news.”

 

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