Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he doesn’t know why Omarosa Manigault Newman, the outgoing director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, had been offered a job at the White House.
“I don’t know,” Spicer told Fox News host Laura Ingraham on the “Ingraham Angle” Thursday night after she pressed him on why Manigault Newman had been brought on.
“[Did] she have any qualifications to work in the White House?” Ingraham asked.
“Look, she was very loyal to the president,” Spicer said.
“I think the president brought a lot of people who wanted to fulfill his agenda,” he added. “And that’s his prerogative … I wish her the best. But I don’t — I’m not really sure.”
Manigault Newman said she resigned earlier this week, but that conflicts with other media reports that claim White House chief of staff John Kelly had fired her and that she had to be physically removed from the White House.
Manigault Newman said in an interview Thursday with ABC’s “Nightline” there “were a lot of things that I observed during the last year that I was very unhappy with.”
The White House announced Wednesday that Manigualt Newman would be resigning and that she would officially leave her position on Jan. 20.
“Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,” read a statement provided to the Washington Examiner. “Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
Manigualt Newman is a longtime ally of Trump’s who appeared on the first season of his show “The Apprentice.”
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