Omarosa Manigault-Newman Resigns From White House Position

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Omarosa Manigault-Newman will leave her White House position at the beginning of President Donald Trump's second year in office, the administration announced Wednesday.

The former "Apprentice" contestant emerged during the 2016 election as one of Trump's most prominent African-American defenders. Later, as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, Manigault-Newman was charged with communicating with and reaching out to various interest groups.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Associated Press that Manigault-Newman would resign effective Jan. 20, on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration.

Manigault-Newman's departure was teased before the initial announcement by White House reporters, who also passed along rumors that she was fired.

If true, it would be Omarosa's fourth time being fired by Trump after her appearances on three seasons of the "Apprentice."