Omarosa Manigault says it was ‘very lonely’ for her in the Trump White House as a black woman stationed alongside people who ‘had never worked with minorities, didn’t know how to interact with them.’
‘It has been very, very challenging being the only African-American woman in the senior staff,’ she told ABC News’ ‘Nightline.’
Manigault told the news program Thursday that the White House has a ‘lack of diversity’ that was regretfully, although that’s not something she specifically blamed on President Donald Trump.
A White House official herself until next month, Manigault said, Trump ‘is not a racist,’ even though he’s made comments that were perceived that way.
‘Yes, I will acknowledge many of the exchanges, particularly in the last six months, have been racially charged,’ she said. ‘Do we then just stop and label him as a racist? No.’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had claimed earlier on Thursday, before Nightline released clips of its interview, that the White House has a ‘really diverse team across the board.’
‘We always want to continue to grow the diversity here. We’re going to continue to do that and continue to work hard.’
She could not say how many African-Americans work in the building as she was put on the spot.
She also could not say why Manigault is still on the government’s payroll, even though she resigned two days ago and claimed to be ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘deeply’ affected by some of the things she saw.
‘She’s resigned from her position, and there’s really nothing else to add on that front,’ Sanders said as she deflected questions about Manigault’s messy exit.
Sanders noted that the president likes Manigault, whom he’s known for more than a decade.
He said so himself at a White House event half-an-hour later. ‘I like Omarosa. Omarosa’s a good person,’ President Trump stated.
Sanders would not delve into the exact details of Manigault’s alleged confrontation with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, which she did not directly rebut in the briefing as she was pressed on the matter by DailyMail.com.
She told another reporter that she was personally unaware that Manigault was so upset about what she’d witnessed during her time at the White House and had never heard her voice those concerns.
As for Manigault’s negotiated status that keeps her checks coming into the the new year, Sanders said: ‘Look, there’s a lot of different protocols that take place in the government. That’s part of the process. If you want to reach out to HR, they might be able to walk you through that in a more detailed way — certainly not that I’m privy to. Thankfully, I haven’t been through the process myself, so I can’t speak to it from firsthand.’
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Source: Daily Mail