According to the Associated Press, former Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault left her gig at the White House Tuesday to "pursue other opportunities," after spending roughly a year doing a job that even she couldn't clearly explain.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the official announcement on Tuesday, saying that Manigault's last day will be January 20. According to the White House, Manigault "resigned," but according to two reporters in DC, she may have been fired. Things reportedly got pretty ugly, and security had to escort her off the White House grounds.
Officially, Manigault was earning $179,700 a year as director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office, which reaches out to leaders in business, religious associations, and other groups to pick up some support for the president's agenda. But according to Politico, the office is arguably the most dysfunctional part of Trump's administration—what one former senior official called "a dumpster fire place to work"—and even among insiders, Manigault's day-to-day role was largely a mystery.
According to the Daily Beast, Manigault was "despised" in the White House, but Trump had a soft spot for her and the two had developed some serious trust. She apparently felt right at home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—so comfortable that she didn't think twice about scattering her shoes all over the place or hosting a wild, 39-person bridal photoshoot on the grounds unannounced.
Sanders wouldn't explain exactly why Manigault left Team Trump, only telling BuzzFeed, "we wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service."
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