Former reality TV star and aide to the president Omarosa Manigault Newman will leave the administration in January. She says she saw things in the White House that made her "uncomfortable" and she will tell her story when the time is right.
During a Dec. 14 appearance on ABC News' "Good Morning America," Manigault told host Michael Strahan she resigned after a conversation with White House chief of staff John Kelly regarding concerns she had and issues she had raised.
Manigault did not specify what topics she and Kelly discussed, but said she saw things in the White House that made her "uncomfortable."
"There were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with, that I was uncomfortable with," she said. "I'm not going to expand on it because I still have to go back and work with these individuals, but when I have a chance to tell my story, Michael, quite a story to tell as the only African-American woman in this White House as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear."
Manigault also denied reports that she had been fired from her job as communications director for the Office of Public Liaison.
After the White House released a statement announcing Manigault's resignation, April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, tweeted that Manigault had been fired by Kelly.
CBS News later reported that after her firing, Manigault attempted to enter the White House residence, presumably to speak directly with President Donald Trump. In doing so she set off alarms and Kelly had her escorted off White House grounds.
The Secret Service denied it played any role in escorting Manigault from the White House, tweeting, "Reporting regarding Secret Service personnel physically removing Omarosa Manigault Newman from the [White House] complex is incorrect."
"The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms Manigault Newman or the escort off of the complex," it wrote in a follow-up tweet. "Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual's pass which grants access to the complex."
"You should take the word of the U.S. Secret Service over someone who has a personal vendetta to bring me down and they personally gain by contributing to advance these false narratives," Manigault said on "Good Morning America," presumably referring to Ryan.