Omarosa Manigault Neyman: Trump aide and Apprentice star plans to leave the White House next month

Omarosa's departure was announced in a comminque by White House press chief Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Omarosa's departure was announced in a comminque by White House press chief Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

One of Donald Trump's most prominent African-American supporters is leaving the White House administration next month, it has emerged.

Omarosa Manigault Neyman will leave her post on January 20, a year to the day she and Trump entered office, Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said.

Manigault Neyman, a former contestant on The Apprentice, has been serving as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, reaching out to constituency groups.

Several reports suggest she has been fired by Trump, but the official line is that she has stepped down.

"Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities," Sanders said.

"Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service."

A White House shake-up has been widely expected as the embattled president seeks to revive his regime after a spate of controversies.

The most recent publicity storm centres on the failure of Trump ally Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by sexual women, in the Alabama senatorial race.

Trump publicly backed Moore during his state election campaign but has performed an apparent u-turn in the hours since Moore's defeat, saying he never wanted him to run and that Moore never had a realistic chance.