Various sources say the former 'The Apprentice' contestant was 'physically dragged' out the White House when she tried to go see President Trump at his residence after submitting her resignation.
Sanders said in a statement released on Wednesday, "Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities. Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service."
Trump also took to Twitter to thank Omarosa for her service. "Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success," he posted.
Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
However, she did not leave the White House voluntarily. According to April Ryan, a White House correspondent who once feuded with Omarosa, there was "drama" that involved the former "The Apprentice" contestant cussing before she was removed when she tried to go see the president at his residence.
"Okay the White House still contends Omarosa signed a resignation letter. But Gen Kelly Kicked her out will high drama with the Minister offering vulgarities and curse words as she was escorted out of the building and off campus," Ryan tweeted.
Okay the White House still contends Omarosa signed a resignation letter. But Gen Kelly Kicked her out will high drama with the Minister offering vulgarities and curse words as she was escorted out of the building and off campus— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) December 13, 2017
A White House official also told the Washington Post that Omarosa did "not voluntarily resign." The Wall Street Journal reported she was "physically dragged and escorted off the campus" on Tuesday evening.
Denying the report, the Secret Service said on its official Twitter account, "Reporting regarding Secret Service personnel physically removing Omarosa Manigault Newman from the @WhiteHouse complex is incorrect."
It added, "The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms. Manigault Newman or the escort off of the complex. Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual's pass which grants access to the complex."
The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms Manigault Newman or the escort off of the complex. Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual's pass which grants access to the complex.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) December 13, 2017
Omarosa joined President Trump's administration since January 20 as assistant to the president and the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She has since been a controversial figure, with one of the recent reports saying that she took her 39-person bridal party to the White House for a photo shoot in April.
Denying that she was fired, a source close to Omarosa said the 43-year-old felt increasingly unhappy with the way the Trump administration was handling racially charged issues. "She is leaving because the pressure of being the only high-ranking African American woman in the Trump administration got to her, particularly after Charlottesville, the kneeling tweets (by Trump about football players kneeling during the national anthem) and Roy Moore," the source claimed. "Everybody knows it is a mess."
The source added that Omarosa first wanted to leave after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia back in August, during which a counter-protester was killed. At the time, Trump responded by saying that "both sides" were to blame for the violence.