Member of Husband’s Florida Church, The Sanctuary @ Mt. Calvary, Says: ‘Church Membership Doesn’t Like the Idea of Their Pastor Marrying This Trump Advocate and Believe he is Using Poor Judgment By Becoming her Husband.’
Omarosa Manigault, a senior staff member of President Donald Trump’s administration and a former Apprentice cast member, got married in Trump’s Washington DC hotel this morning.
Omarosa, 43, married Pastor John Allen Newman, 61, at the Old Post Pavilion in Trump Hotel, a stone’s throw from the White House, Politico reported.
About 70 people attended the wedding in the hotel’s Presidential Ballroom, which was followed by a brunch and reception.
Donald Trump and other White House senior staff, following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit and amid the US airstrike on Syria, remained at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and were not able to attend.
The couple exchanged vows at an intimate private ceremony and the celebration went forward without incident – despite Omarosa’s concerns about death threats – save for a brief scare when one of the bridesmaids nearly fainted at the end of the service.
Another guest brought the woman a glass of water and she recovered.
After the ceremony, the guests gathered for a brief cocktail reception in the hotel’s ornate art-deco lobby under a 200-foot-high glass ceiling.
Attendees included Lynne Patton, a long-time Trump assistant and administration aide, Niecy Nash of Reno 911! fame and Katrina Pierson, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign.
The newlyweds walked into the lobby arm-in-arm, with Omarosa waving a bouquet of pink and white roses.
Her husband wore a tan suit with a pink tie and a white flower in his lapel. Omarosa’s mother, Theresa Manigault, looked stunning at nearly 70 years old in an off-white sequined dress with a plunging neckline.
The bridesmaids wore lace cream-colored gowns.
As the crowd looked on, Omarosa rang a large bell while the hotel’s beverage director popped open a bottle of Veuve Clicquot with a saber. The couple was presented with the cork.
The reality star pumped both hands in the air as the wedding group toasted mimosas in celebration.
After the glass of champagne, the guests departed to the hotel’s private ballroom to continue the reception.
Last week, Omarosa received $25,000 worth of merchandise from Kleinfeld Bridal after appearing on the television show ‘Say Yes to the Dress,’ The Hill reported.
The former reality television star postponed and relocated her upcoming wedding to Pastor Newman because of concerns about her safety and backlash from her fiancé’s church.
She was supposed to get married on March 25 at the church her fiancé oversees, The Sanctuary @ Mt. Calvary, in Jacksonville, Florida.
But sources close to Omarosa revealed to DailyMail.com that an onslaught of death threats and safety concerns caused her to delay her nuptials and move the ceremony to Washington, DC.
‘There have been calls, emails and social media messages from people threatening to do harm to her and she feared that she wouldn’t be protected adequately at his church in Jacksonville. So she pushed the date back and made the change,’ a source close to Omarosa told DailyMail.com.
‘Since she moved the wedding to D.C., she’s invited President Trump and other senior level White House executives in an effort to make sure the secret service and extra security will be there,’ the source explained.
Invited guests had to submit personal information for background security checks.
Omarosa originally was scheduled to have seven bridesmaids in her wedding, but after several personal squabbles with her friends, she was due to have only three come wedding day.
In an interview with ABC’s 20/20 shortly after the election in November, she said many of her friends had turned their backs on her for supporting Trump and two of her bridesmaids backed out of the wedding.
Her third bridesmaid to back out was April Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks.
Omarosa and Ryan had a heated argument in the White House that required them to be separated before it became physical.
‘Let’s face it, many of her friends feel as though this whole Trump alliance is Omarosa being the quintessential opportunist.
‘Everyone who knows her knows she was initially campaigning for Hillary Clinton at the beginning of her campaign and then jumped ship because Trump was paying her to help him.
‘They feel she sold her soul for financial gain and many of her diehard girlfriends are just disgusted by her,’ the source revealed.
Marrying Newman will made Omarosa the First Lady of his Jacksonville church.
That is apparently not sitting well with members of his congregation, many of whom have been leaving the church for other local ministries in Jacksonville.
‘Pastor Newman is a staunch Democrat. He was even a spiritual adviser on the committee of ministers working on Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.
‘His church membership doesn’t like the idea of their pastor marrying this Trump advocate who bashed President Barack Obama and believe Pastor Newman is using poor judgment by becoming her husband,’ a member of the church told DailyMail.com.
Manigault is also an ordained minister who served as the assistant pastor at Weller Street Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA.
In February, the former star of The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice returned to Weller Street to preach her final sermon there. A group of protesters gathered outside of the church and marched while she spoke to the small congregation.
‘She was so rattled that the protesters had gathered outside the church. She kept telling people, “They’re disrespecting the house of God, I can’t believe they did this,”’ the source said.
Just days before that, security at a Nordstrom department store in Tyson’s Corner Center in McLean, Virginia had to escort Manigault to her car after several customers began shouting insults at her while she shopped with friends.
According to the Washington Post, two of the women kept calling her ‘Trump’s w***e,’ in addition to other insults. ‘They were letting her have it,’ one eyewitness told the newspaper.
But Manigault has also received more serious correspondence from people who have threatened bodily harm.
She regularly turns those messages over to White House security.
‘She wrote a book called “The Bitch Switch” and plays a bad girl on TV, but she’s really scared about her safety and has deep concern someone will try to become famous by doing something to her.
‘That’s why she moved her wedding and she hopes things will go smoothly and protesters won’t interrupt her ceremony,’ the source said.
This will be Manigault’s second marriage. The Youngstown, Ohio native was married for five years to educator Aaron Stallworth but the two divorced in 2005.
She began dating Academy Award nominee Michael Clarke-Duncan in 2010 and the couple got engaged in early 2012.
In July 2012, she found the actor in cardiac arrest and performed CPR, but he never recovered and ultimately died on September 3, 2012 before they could wed.
Manigault rose to prominence following her appearance on the first season of ‘The Apprentice,’ which was then hosted by Donald Trump, in 2004.
She prolonged her fame from the show and supported Trump throughout his presidential campaign.
She currently acts as an assistant to him and is director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison.
SOURCE: Daily Mail – Alana Goodman, Forrest Hanson