Omarosa Manigault To Leave White House In January

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Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality show star turned White House official, will be leaving her job in the Trump administration effective Jan. 20, 2018, and some reports say that it could have something to do with Trump's endorsement of Roy Moore.

Manigault, who has served as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison since Donald Trump took office, will leave the post on the first anniversary of his inauguration. 

In a statement, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Manigault resigned to "pursue other opportunities." 

"We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service," she said. 

Manigault had been in Trump's orbit long before he entered politics. She was a popular cast member on the first season of "The Apprentice" and later starred in a dating show produced by Trump, according to BuzzFeed News.

After campaigning for Trump in 2016, she became the highest-profile African-American advisor in the White House, according to Politico.

Manigault is the second administration official to announce she will leave the White House early next year, according to Politico. Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell previously announced her intent to return to New York. 

When Powell's resignation was announced on Dec. 8, The Washington Post reported she might be the first of many administration officials to announce their departure after one year in the White House. 

However, it is unclear if Manigault is one of the officials who planned to depart after one year on the job. April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, reported that Manigault was fired by Chief of Staff General John Kelly, contradicting the White House statement. 

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"Sources say General Kelly did the firing and Omarosa is alleged to have acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump," Ryan tweeted on Dec. 13, shortly after Manigault's resignation was announced. "The word is ... General Kelly had it and got rid of her." 

In a follow-up tweet, Ryan reported Manigault had to be escorted out of the building and off White House grounds. 

Kelly and Manigault reportedly had a contentious relationship during their joint time in the White House. In September, the Daily Beast reported the newly-minted chief of staff was cutting off Manigault's access to Trump to prevent her from sharing incendiary articles with the president.

"She's not happy about it," an anonymous White House source told the Daily Beast. "She has a bond that goes back years with [Trump] and resents being cut off like everyone has."

Sources: Politico, BuzzFeed News, The Washington Post, Daily Beast, April Ryan/Twitter (2) / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Drew Angerer/Getty Images via Politico, White House Pool/Getty via BuzzFeed News

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