Not even a full month into the White House, the Trump administration has been roiled by scandals and failed policies. Now, one of his top aides is embroiled in another controversy. Former reality star turned Trump supporter and now aide Omarosa Manigault has been accused of a verbal spat with her former friend, journalist April Ryan.
The two were close enough that Ryan was due to be a bridesmaid at Manigault’s upcoming wedding, but the two are now apparently estranged, according to The Washington Post. A confrontation took place at the White House, witnessed by others, that was serious enough that some observers thought the Secret Service may have had to intervene.
From The Post:
Ryan also said Manigault made verbal threats, including the assertion that Ryan was among several journalists on whom Trump officials had collected “dossiers” of negative information.
Manigault, a onetime friend of Ryan’s, declined to address Ryan’s accusations on the record, offering only this emailed statement: “My comment: Fake news!” She did not specify what she considered false.
Manigault appeared on Trump’s reality programs, “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” where she became known as a combative personality skilled in undercutting rivals. She also worked on his presidential campaign, appearing multiple times as a surrogate in TV interviews. Trump appointed her director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison in January.
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