Omarosa Manigault Newman, the Donald Trump apprentice who followed him from his reality television show to his presidential campaign and then the White House, has resigned, the White House said Wednesday.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Newman resigned Tuesday "to pursue other opportunities," and that her departure is effective Jan. 20 — exactly one year into the Trump presidency.
One White House official with knowledge of the situation described an ongoing situation where Manigault-Newman grew increasingly fed up with how the administration handled racially charged issues, adding that moving from crisis to crisis particularly drained the White House. Manigault-Newman has told friends in the past few months, the source said, that being the only black staffer in White House meetings was a source of stress.
"She struggled with being an African-American senior staffer, with all the racial incidents in the White House, and I think it was starting to weigh on her," the official said.
Newman, 43, was the most prominent African-American face of Trump's White House, working on outreach to historically black colleges and universities and racial disparities in the military justice system.
But it was her social life that more often grabbed headlines. She married Florida pastor John Allen Newman at Trump's Washington hotel in April, reportedly using the White House as a backdrop for her wedding photos. Her $25,000 dress was provided by TLC television's Say Yes to the Dress.
Omarosa — widely known simply by her first name — earned her celebrity as the villain of Trump's Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice television franchise, portraying the contestant viewers often loved to hate. She emerged during Trump's campaign as one of his most fiercely loyal supporters, and was rewarded with a top White House job.
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