Outgoing presidential aide Omarosa Manigault says she saw things in the White House that “profoundly” disturbed her. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@FantasticMrNate) has the story.
WASHINGTON — Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality show personality who left her White House job this week under disputed circumstances, says her departure illustrates “a lack of diversity” in the upper echelons of the Trump administration.
“It has been very, very challenging being the only African-American woman in the senior staff,” she told ABC News’ Nightline in an interview broadcast early Friday as part of a day-long blitz of television interviews. She said most of Trump’s other senior advisers “had never worked with minorities” and “didn’t know how to interact with them.”
Newman was part of the top level of 22 White House aides carrying the title of “assistant to the president” and making the maximum salary of $179,700. According to the most recent salary disclosure last July, six of those 22 aides were women. Newman was the only racial minority.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that the White House has a “really diverse team across the board.” She declined to reveal specific numbers of African-Americans, but said the White House was working to increase those numbers.
“Something that we strive for every day is to add and grow, to be more diverse and more representative of the country at large, and we’re going to continue to do that,” she said.
Newman, 43, was the director of communications for the Office of the Public Liaison — an office that deals with constituency groups including minorities. In that job, she worked with historically black colleges and universities (like her own alma mater, Central State in Ohio) and worked on racial disparities in military justice.
As a former contestant on Trump’s Apprentice television franchise beginning in 2004, Newman had one of the oldest and closest relationships with the president of any senior aide.
But her tenure also saw the president increasingly engaging in racially charged rhetoric…