Omarosa Manigault Newman resigns from White House role

Omarosa Manigault Newman resigns from White House role
White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on President Donald Trump's "The Apprentice," is resigning “to pursue other opportunities.” (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

White House official Omarosa Manigault Newman will resign from her role next month, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

What did the White House say?

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the AP that Manigault Newman’s resignation is effective Jan. 20, one year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Sanders said in a statement that Manigault Newman resigned “to pursue other opportunities.”

“We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service,” Sanders said.

Manigault Newman, who worked as communications director for the Office of Public Liaison at the White House, was once a contestant on Trump’s television program “The Apprentice,” where she was dubbed the program’s “villain.” The AP noted she is one of the president’s “most prominent African-American supporters.”

She previously worked in the White House during former president Bill Clinton’s administration.

Manigault Newman is no stranger to controversy. White House reporter April Ryan alleged earlier this year that Manigault Newman attempted to physically and verbally intimidate her during an exchange. Manigault Newman denied the allegation.

A recent report in the Daily Beast indicated that Manigault Newman’s exact role in the White House was unclear to many.