A New York Times report last night says White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is doing what he can to bring order to the White House. Another report gives one specific example: Omarosa.
The former Apprentice star is currently communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison. She hasn’t been in the news much recently, save for a recent panel she was on at a National Association of Black Journalists convention.
According to The Daily Beast, she’s been one of the people in the White House just walking into the Oval Office to “distract and infuriate the president with pieces of negative news coverage”:
The stories Manigault would present to Trump, often on a phone or printed out, would often enrage the president, and resulted in him spending at least the rest of the day fuming about it. For example, one White House source noted that Manigault was one of the people who would bring to President Trump’s attention online articles concerning MSNBC hosts, and former Trump pals, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski “slagging him, and his administration.”
This contributed, at least in small part, to the president’s mounting rage against the MSNBC couple, which exploded in late June when Trump attacked them and tweeted that, among other things, Brzezinski “was bleeding badly from a face-lift.”
One source said, “When Gen. Kelly is talking about clamping down on access to the Oval, she’s patient zero.”
And so, the Daily Beast reports, Kelly has “sought to put a dent” in her influence and has been limiting her access to the President.
An anonymous White House official explained that Kelly’s “thrilled that he has been able to stop staffers including Omarosa from bolting into the Oval Office and triggering the president with White House [palace] intrigue stories.”
However, Omarosa is still one of the people President Trump calls for advice from time to time.
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