Omarosa Manigault

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Omarosé Onee Manigault (born February 5, 1974) was the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump White House.

Initially, Manigault was a Democrat. In the 1990s, Omarosa worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton Administration. The White House Personnel Office later transferred her to the Commerce Department.[1]

In 2004, Manigault was a contestant on NBC's reality TV Series, The Apprentice. She joined the Trump Organization and later appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2008. In August 2009, Omarosa enrolled at the United Theological Seminary in Ohio to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree.[2] She was ordained on February 27, 2012.[3]

Manigault was director of African-American outreach for the 2016 Donald Trump Presidential Campaign. She was one of nine members of the President-elect Donald Trump transition team.[4]

As a special assistant to President Trump, she had walk-in privileges — meaning she didn’t need an appointment or permission to pop her head in and consult with the leader of the free world.[5] According to a White House list of staff salaries, Manigault was among the White House advisers earning the highest salary allowed, $179,700 a year.[6]

Manigault remains on salary until Jan 20, 2018, but has resigned and left the White House.[6]


  1. Omarosa's Long History of Being Fired. People (April 8, 2004).
  2. "Reality TV villain Omarosa entering a seminary", Dayton Daily News, Yahoo! News, August 14, 2009. 
  3. Stodghill, Alexis Garrett (February 27, 2012). Reality TV star Omarosa has been ordained as 'Rev. Manigault'. The Grio.
  4. Conway, Madeline, "Omarosa joins Trump transition team", Politico, December 15, 2016.
  5. Karni, Annie. "Trump's open door Oval Office", Politico, February 23, 2017. Retrieved on February 23, 2017. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Omarosa Manigault speaks out about WH exit: 'I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable'", ABC News, Dec 14, 2017. Retrieved on December 16, 2017.