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Omarosa’s exit from, and ascent to, The White House in two timelines

Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned and/or was fired this week from Donald Trump’s White House, exiting her $179,700 a year job—a role that not even she could explain.

Omarosa was the assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, according to public White House documents, which revealed she was one of six women and the only African-American person to be paid at the highest level.

She will continue to be paid until Jan. 20, 2018, the one year anniversary of Donald Trump’s swearing in as president of the United States of America.

Omarosa’s exit from The White House: a timeline

  • Dec. 13: Reporters receive a statement from the White House that says, “Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities. Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
  • Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m.: American Urban Radio Networks’ journalist and former friend of Omarosa April Ryan tweets that “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. The word is a General Kelly had it and got rid of her.”
  • Dec. 13, 1:35 p.m.: April Ryan reports that, after a conversation with John Kelly, Omarosa “was very upset and said that she wanted to speak to the president” and “walked over to the residence and tried to get in. General Kelly was called back,” and “Secret Service stopped her and she was escored off campus.”
  • Dec. 13, early afternoon: The Wall Street Journal reports that Omarosa was “physically dragged and escored off the campus.”
  • Dec. 13, 3:08 p.m.: The United States Secret Service tweets that stories about “Secret Service personnel physically removing Omarosa Manigault Newman” are “incorrect.” The Secret Service added that “The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms Manigault Newman or the escort off of the complex. Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual’s pass which grants access to the complex.”
  • Dec. 13, 9:52 a.m.: Citing a White House official, BuzzFeed News reports that “Manigault-Newman has told friends in the past few months, the source said, that being the only black staffer in White House meetings was a source of stress” and that she “wanted to leave the White House after Charlottesville, where Trump sympathized with the white supremacists who marched to preserve Confederate monuments, leading to the death of one counterprotester.”
  • Dec. 13, 6:58 p.m.: Trump tweets, “Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.”
  • Dec. 14: On Good Morning America, Omarosa said, “John Kelly and I had a very straightforward discussion about concerns that I had, issues that I raised, and as a result, I resigned.” She also said, “I have my 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 have 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.”
  • Dec. 14, 1:59 p.m.: In a press briefing, Sarah Sanders says Omarosa “resigned from her position yesterday.  She’ll be here later this afternoon.”
  • Dec. 15: On Nightline, Omarosa says, “Donald Trump is racial, but he is not a racist,” and “I regret that we haven’t reached the level of diversity in this administration that I strove to see.”

How Omarosa got to the White House: a timeline in reverse

  • Jan. 4, 2017: president-elect Trump’s transition team announces that Omarosa is among 11 people hired as White House staffers. Incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus said, “These individuals will be key leaders in helping to implement the President-elect’s agenda and bring real change to Washington. Each of them has been instrumental over the last several months, and in some cases years, in helping the President-elect.”
  • Jan. 3, 2017: Frontline airs “President Trump,” in which Omarosa is quoted from a Sept. 2016 interview saying, “Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”
  • Dec. 15, 2016: Omarosa joins Trump’s transition team.
  • Dec. 6, 2016: Omarosa writes an essay that says “I believe he will empower women and have them shatter the glass ceiling” and “It’s very difficult to make the argument that Donald Trump doesn’t like black people and black women.”
  • July 18, 2016: Omarosa says on MSNBC, “I am the director of African-American outreach for Donald Trump. I am proud to serve in that role. It is a very difficult time for our country, but the good thing I know is that I know Donald Trump at his heart … and I know what he can do in that role.”
  • Feb. 1, 2016: In an interview with the Washington Times, Omarosa says, “I’ve been out campaigning for him. I am definitely one of his surrogates.” Asked what cabinet position she’d ask for if he was elected, Omarosa says, “I haven’t given that much thought. [laughs] Oh, my God, that is so funny. I think that I’m just gonna continue to be a good friend to him.”
  • March 31, 2013: Omarosa is fired from The Celebrity Apprentice in the fifth episode.
  • Oct. 11, 2012: The Celebrity Apprentice season six cast of all-stars is announced and includes Omarosa.
  • June 2010: Omarosa stars in season one of Donald J. Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger, a TV One show similar to The Bachelor on which Omarosa tried to find a life partner. She didn’t, as the last man remaining was disqualified for still being married.
  • March 6, 2008: Omarosa is fired on the 10th episode of The Celebrity Apprentice, after trying to save herself by outing Piers Morgan as a closeted gay man. NBC immediately starts airing advertisements for “Omarosa Free” episodes.
  • February 2005: Omarosa identifies a problem with how black contestants are portrayed on The Apprentice, and Mark Burnett responds defensively.
  • Oct. 2004: In a Playboy interview, Trump said, “I couldn’t believe she was lying on camera like she was. She’s got a problem or something.” Asked if he’d be a reference for her, he said, “It would depend on what kind of job it is,” and said that he wouldn’t recommend her to run a company but added, “She’s wonderful on TV, and she gets ratings. I just wouldn’t necessarily want her running my church.”
  • March 4, 2004: Omarosa is fired in episode 9. NBC’s recap of the episode says, “Trump was tired of Omarosa’s excuses. One thing Trump can’t stand is excuses.”
  • Jan. 8, 2004: The Apprentice season one begins airing, with Omarosa as one of the cast members.

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