Omarosa Manigault dismisses ✋ reports of dramatic firing❗

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Omarosa Manigault said Thursday that she was not fired and escorted off the White House grounds, blaming "one individual who has a personal vendetta against me" for the dramatic narrative of her departure as one of Trump's top aides.

In her first comments since the White House confirmed that she was leaving, Manigault said during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" that her decision to leave came after she sat down for a candid conversation with Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and shared her concerns about the job and the administration.

Manigault, who earned the top-level staff annual salary of $179,700, was, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, one of two black officials among Trump's more than three dozen Cabinet members and senior staffers.

Acting in an ill-defined capacity, Manigault struggled to make a connection with African American constituencies to support Trump's agenda and chafed at criticism that she had sold out her integrity for a White House job.

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