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Omarosa on Trump’s tumultuous presidency: ‘It’s not going to be OK’

Omarosa Manigault. (CBS)

Omarosa Manigault resurfaced on Thursday in a clip for the CBS reality show Celebrity Big Brother, nearly two months after news broke that she was leaving her job at the White House. Manigualt, who denied reports in December that she was dragged by Secret Service from the White House grounds, is a veteran of another celebrity spinoff of a popular network reality show: NBC’s The Apprentice, which launched her to prominence in American pop culture.

In the clip posted on YouTube by CBS, Manigault is seen reflecting on her time working in the Trump administration during a conversation with housemate Ross Matthews. She painted a dark portrait of her job in the White House, which involved bracing herself for one of the president’s most prized rituals: waking up early in the morning to send out incendiary tweets.

“I was haunted by tweets every single day … like what is he going to tweet next?” Manigault told Matthews, tears streaming down her face. She said other White House officials ganged up on her when she tried to approach Trump about his tweeting habit and then cut off her access to the president.

At one point in the clip, Matthews asks Manigault to give her insider’s view of whether everything will turn out OK for the country under Trump. “It’s going to not be OK, it’s not. It’s so bad,” she replied.

The White House was quick to react to Manigault’s remarks on Thursday. Deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters at the daily press briefing that “Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this was the fourth time we let her go.”

On Thursday evening, the show aired on CBS and the episode featured even more candida commentary from Manigault about her time in the White House, and her impression of Trump. As The Daily Beast reports, Manigault declared that she would never again vote for Trump. “God no. Never. Not in a million years, never.”

She went on to suggest that she and Trump had a complicated relationship, and in a conversation with Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy on The Cosby Show, compared it to the actor’s relationship with disgraced comedy legend Bill Cosby (Pulliam has stood by Cosby as a supporter and friend amid dozens of women alleging sexual misconduct). Pulliam replied to the analogy saying, “It’s comparing apples to oranges … this man is running our country and being a voice of a whole country of people.”

Watch the dramatic clip from the show below.

Read the full story at The Hill.


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