Omarosa Blasts April Ryan Over Firing Report: ‘Personal Vendetta to Bring Me Down’


Omarosa Manigault appeared on Good Morning America Thursday to give her account of the mystery — and supposed drama — surrounding her ouster from the White House.

The former Apprentice star, who served a tempestuous almost-year in in the White House as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison, pushed back against the myriad of reports that indicated her “resignation” was a messy affair (some even suggested Secret Security “physically dragged” her out.)

“I resigned, and I didn’t do that in the Residence as being reported,” Omarosa told ABC’s Michael Strahan. Manigault described reports to the contrary as “100% false,” claiming she calmly discussed her resignation with Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Situation Room.

Manigault claimed that she wanted to last a year in the White House before going back to her life, which is why her resignation is slated for January 20.

She also took aim at old White House foe April Ryan, correspondent at American Urban Radio Networks, who led the charge on reports that Manigault’s exit was a messy one.

“Let’s be clear, only one person,” Manigault asserted, “no one else has reported what she’s reporting. And this is the one person who has attacked me for the past year — so you know this is personal.” (Fact check: a number of outlets reported Manigault was removed from the White House in a less than ceremonious fashion.)

Strahan later asked Manigault about reports that Kelly had to restrict her access to the president, which she denied.

“I was very respectful of the process,” Manigault said. “Certainly I had more access than most, and people had problems with that.”

Manigault also fired back at reports she tried to storm the White House Residence after her firing, claiming “it is ridiculous to assert that anyone would be able to violate the security parameters that is outlined in the most secure building in the world.”

She then mentioned that the Secret Service said that it did not have to physically remove her, claiming “I think we should take the word of the Secret Service over someone who has a personal vendetta to bring me down, and they personally gain by continuing to advance these false narratives.

Manigault also claimed that the deactivation of her White House pass was a means of restricting her access to certain areas, but that she will still have another pass for her remaining month in the White House.

“But when I have my story to tell as the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people and when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear,” Manigault concluded.

Watch the interview above, via ABC.

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