Omarosa exits the White House with a dose of drama

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Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former "The Apprentice" contestant turned White House powerhouse, has resigned - but her exit made it look like. she's fired!

Newman "resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities", Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement.

But there were many unanswered questions about her role in the administration and what she did on a day-to-day basis remained unclear.

Her rivals cast the move as an overdue housecleaning, but her departure, on the same day that black voters helped catapult Democrat Doug Jones to an upset victory in the Senate race in Alabama, highlighted perhaps a more worrisome issue for the White House and the Republican Party heading into a midterm election year - the stark lack of diversity in Trump's administration and the GOP's diminishing appeal to minority communities.

Kelly took away Manigault Newman's ability to come and go from the Oval Office as she pleased.

But the Wall Street Journal reported her departure was abrupt, according to a White House official, who told the newspaper that Manigault Newman was "physically dragged and escorted off the campus" Tuesday night. Manigault denied today that she was escorted off the premises by the U.S. Secret Service. "Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual's pass which grants access to the complex", the Secret Service's official account tweeted. In addition, a White House official said that she and Trump had a "nice" conversation on Wednesday, which the official described as "very cordial". Early in his tenure, Kelly identified the public liaison office as a major problem that he had to contend with, but it took months to move Newman to it, these people said.

She first tried to reason with senior aide and first daughter Ivanka Trump, CBS News reported, but had no luck.

Manigault Newman enjoyed a close relationship with the president despite the fact that he once uttered the famous "You're fired!" line to her before dispatching her from the TV show. But there was plenty that left her stomach in a knot. When Trump launched his presidential campaign, she was one of few African Americans to campaign for him. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, has sought to impose more discipline among White House staffers and limit their communications with the president.

A White House official told The Post that Kelly had grown frustrated with Manigault's abrasive and attention-seeking style, which included which included a personal wedding photo shoot in the West Wing in the spring.

Manigault Newman, commonly referred to as just Omarosa, appeared on the 2004 season of Trump's reality show and earned a reputation as a ruthless competitor. "I wish you continued success", President Trump tweeted late Wednesday.

"She stood right up in my face like she was going to hit me", Ryan told the Washington Post. The White House denied compiling such information.

She pushed back against reports that she and Kelly had a blow up at a holiday event, saying they were "100 percent false".

"She has enemies and they want to put her in the worst kind of light because they felt she was a polarizing figure, and now they get a chance", Williams said of Newman.

"The president is very fond of Omarosa", Williams said.

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