After the White House announced Wednesday that “Apprentice” star turned White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman will leave the Trump administration, The Wall Street Journal reported that her departure was abrupt – describing her exit as confrontational – but the Secret Service pushed back on the report.
An unnamed White House official told the Journal that Manigault Newman was “Physically dragged and escorted off the campus” late Tuesday.
Asked by Fox News whether she was fired, a White House aide referred back to a brief statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
Manigault Newman joined the administration as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, which was designed to garner outside support for the president’s agenda.
She reportedly has drawn scrutiny from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
The former “Apprentice” contestant recently drew press attention after she brought her 39-person bridal party inside the White House this past spring for an “Extended” photo shoot in the Rose Garden.
She was reportedly banned from posting any of the photos online by White House officials citing security and ethical concerns.
The White House said last week that deputy national security adviser Dina Powell will leave the administration early next year.