The Trump administration staffer was met with laughter and boos while some attendees chose to walk out when she appeared at a panel at the National Association of Black Journalists' conference.
Omarosa Manigault-Newman, best known simply as Omarosa, turned a panel at the National Association of Black Journalists' conference into a chaos. The Trump administration staffer was met with laughter and boos when she took the stage at the convention.
Omarosa upset many in the room when she refused to answer questions about President Donald Trump's recent remarks encouraging police officers to be rougher with suspects, reasoning that she would not "disclose confidential conversations" with Trump. Several people stood with their backs turned to her as she spoke, while others simply chose to leave the room.
The former "The Celebrity Apprentice" contestant accused moderator Ed Gordon, a journalist and producer, of being "aggressive." Omarosa insisted, "Let me tell my story. Ask me a question about me." Mr. Gordon maintained that it was appropriate to ask questions about her work in the White House.
At one point, Omarosa told the moderator, "Shame on you." He replied, "So here's what you're not gonna do," adding that he would not let her "railroad" the event. An offended Omarosa asked, "Are you suggesting that I just walk away?" Mr. Gordon said he was not suggesting that.
But when he said that he would like to finish asking the question, Omarosa interjected, "I don't want to hear your question. I don't want to hear a lecture." She also criticized the audience, saying, "Walking into a room where you get shut down does not open a line of communication so change can happen."
Omarosa did say though that Trump's comments about how police officers should treat suspects were inappropriate. She added, "I'm not going to stand here and defend everything about Donald Trump," which was met with loud sighs.
Omarosa then abruptly walked off the stage after Mr. Gordon said it was a "quagmire" that had "reached the point of diminished returns." He ended the panel by jokingly saying, "I'll see y'all at the White House Christmas party in December."