Omarosa Manigault appears to have run afoul of new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has taken steps to limit her access to President Trump as he tries to bring discipline to a chaotic West Wing, according to a news report.
She has been put on a so-called “no-fly list” that Kelly is keeping of White House aides he deems unfit to attend serious sessions, The New York Times reported.
A senior White House official adamantly denied research reports, calling it “completely false.”
Hers is the most prominent name on the list according to The Times report which describes her as a former “Apprentice” star with an ill-defined job in the White House.
The paper reported late Friday that Manigault’s penchant for dropping into meetings to which she was not invited is what landed her on the no-fly list.
The person given the responsibility of enforcing it is Kirstjen Nielsen, Kelly’s brusque , no-nonsense long-time aide who is willing to be detested, the paper reported.
Her appointment was announced at a personnel session Wednesday as part of Kelly’s effort to foster a more disciplined surrounding inside a leaky White House.
But, the paper reported, the move has also left Kelly’s White House enemies seething, as well as plot and griping to sympathetic members of the press.
It is Nielsen who sends out emails announcing internal policy and planning sessions that now contain a clipped addendum–“principals only” with a stern warns that any subordinates who stray in will be immediately expelled, The Times reported.
Manigault could not be reached for remark. A White House operator told Fox News that the office was closed and to call back Monday.
Last month, Manigault, who is the director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, clashed with a veteran news anchor during a panel discussion on policing in black communities held at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans.
Her conversation with anchor Ed Gordon became testy when he attempted to question her on President Donald Trump’s policies around policing in communities of colour. Trump had recently said some police officers were too courteous to suspects when arresting them.
The conversation promptly intensified into a tense exchange before Manigault left the stage. Several people in the audience, which included non-journalists, turned their backs in protest during the discussion.
“If you want to ask about the loss of my father and my brother and the issues I do, ask about my tale, ” she told Gordon. “I’m not going to stand here and defend every single word and statement. Ask the issue of me or my father and brother.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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