Omarosa Manigault, the most senior African American aide of US President Trump has gone public with criticism of the White House after resigning amid reports of a row with Trump’s Chief of Staff.
Manigault, a former reality TV star who appeared on The Apprentice and boasts of a 14-year friendship with Trump, said she saw things while working for the president that made her “very uncomfortable” and “unhappy”.
She did not deny claims she was concerned by Mr Trump’s stance on Charlottesville, where a woman died in clashes with white supremacists, and the presdient’s support for Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama senate candidate.
Ms Manigault’s comments on US television came after reports she was pushed out of the White House following a heated row with John Kelly at a Christmas party on Tuesday.
One prominent US reporter said Ms Manigault demanded her “full access” to Mr Trump be reestablished and even “cursed” at Mr Kelly in front of other guests.
Ms Manigault admitted having a “frank” conversation with Mr Kelly but denied rowing in front of others, asking: “Where are the pictures and videos?”
Ms Manigault, who was one of few African-American supporters of Trump during his campaign, was appointed director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison after the election and appeared to have the president’s ear before a restructure limited her access. She one of the most well paid aides of the president, though some claim her role was not well defined.
Ms Manigault said that “as the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and an 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.”
Asked specifically if she was unhappy about Mr Trump’s response to white supremacist behavior in Charlottesville, Virginia, and his support for Mr Moore, the controversial Alabama senate candidate, she did not deny the claims.
“Because I am serving until the 20th [of January], I have to be very careful about how I answer this,” she replied, adding things she saw during her time in the White House had made her “very unhappy” and “very uncomfortable”.
The US secret service denied it had physically removed Ms Manigault from the White House but said her pass had been deactivated.