Just a day after Celebrity Big Brother star and one-time Trump administration staffer had the country talking about the tea she spilled on her former boss, we may finally have an answer for why Omarosa Manigault-Newman was escorted off the premises at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in December 2017.
According to a new Politico article on the tumultuous tenure of Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly, Manigault-Newman was fired after he found out she was misusing the White House car service, called “CARPET,” as an office pickup and drop-off service. The problem? It’s explicitly forbidden by the federal government to do so.
After Kelly gave her the news, Manigault-Newman reportedly tried to appeal her case directly to Trump and “stormed his residence,” tripping an electronic alarm. The Secret Service then escorted her off the White House campus and revoked her credentials.
Since leaving the administration, Manigault-Newman has been become a critic of her former boss. Though she once said Trump’s detractors will have to eventually “bow down” to him, she now says Americans should be afraid.
“I was haunted by the tweets,” she told her Celebrity Big Brother costar. In spite of her alleged conflicted feelings about working for Trump, Manigault-Newman insisted she “felt like I was serving my country, not serving [Trump].”
During the most recent episode of the show, she also added that Americans should be worried because under Trump’s leadership “it’s not going to be okay,” but leaving the job up to Vice President Mike Pence would be even worse.