Now we’ve heard it from an insider: There’s plenty of reason to be worried about the country under Donald Trump, says Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the former Apprentice star and lately a White House aide, now appearing on Big Brother Celebrity Edition.
In a clip from tonight’s episode, fellow Big Brother contestant Ross Mathews asks Manigault-Newman, “Should we be worried?” and says he needs her to tell him things are going to be OK. She wants to reassure him but ends of saying, “It’s going to not be OK. It’s not.”
Mathews also says it was hard for him, as a voter and a citizen, to understand why Manigault-Newman went to work for Trump, and she replies, “I felt like I was serving my country, not serving him. It was always about the country.” She further says she was “haunted” by Trump’s habit of sending bizarre and incendiary tweets and wanted to be the one to curb him, but was denied access to him.
Manigault-Newman, who had worked in Trump’s presidential campaign, resigned in December as director of communications in the White House Office of Public Liaison. Her job included outreach to African-Americans and other constituencies. The only woman of color in the White House, she was reportedly disgusted with how the Trump administration handled racial issues — for example, that the president said there were good people at both a white supremacist rally and counterprotest in Charlottesville, Va., last summer. Some sources said that rather than resigning the position, she was fired and had to be “physically dragged” from the White House.
Asked today about Manigault-Newman’s comments in the Big Brother clip, White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said, “Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this was the fourth time we let her go. She had limited contact with the president while here. She has no contact now.”
The episode airs tonight at 9/8 Eastern. Watch the clip below.