The Trump administration is plagued with “leaks.” If you believe Trump, the information coming out of the White House is either fake or illegal.
While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post,this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions.These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017
The other option is that the leaked information is correct, and is being shared by White House staffers (and other administration officials) as a last recourse. This dynamic has been addressed out in the open for the first time in a video released today.
Many know Omarosa Manigault Newman from her appearance on Trump’s reality show, The Apprentice. She served on Trump’s campaign as the Director of African-American Outreach. After the election, she served on the executive committee heading up Trump’s transition team. Once Trump took office, she was appointed Director of Communications for the Office of the Public Liaison, a very well-paid position.
It’s easy to dismiss Omarosa as an attention seeker, who was using Donald Trump to reach higher and higher levels of fame and power. Especially since we’ve heard stories like these:
— Martina Sarkisian (@MartinaSark6) January 20, 2018
13. Seemingly stripped of formal responsibilities, one-time TV villain Omarosa Manigault appeared to spend her White House time—and taxpayer salary—planning her wedding https://t.co/6onU3q0Dmo
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 26, 2017
And who can forget how she was epically fired from the White House in December 2017.
Sources say General Kelly did the firing and Omarosa is alleged to have acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump. The word is a General Kelly had it and got rid of her.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) December 13, 2017
One fact about Omarosa that often gets lost in the shuffle is that, before her stint on The Apprentice, she was already involved with politics. During the Clinton administration, she served in the White House as a scheduling correspondent for Vice President Al Gore, worked in the White House Personnel Office, and also spent time at the Department of Commerce. Rumors have swirled about her job performance during her time working in the Clinton administration:
We used to agree with #Omarosa politically.
Remember when she worked in the Clinton White House?
Clinton fired her, too – four times!
— Lady A 🌊🗽⚖♻️🖖👽⛳️ (@ladyaiam) December 13, 2017
Even so, it’s unquestionable that her time working for Clinton gave her more White House experience than a great many of those in Trump’s administration. This means that her insight into the workings of the Trump White House are valuable, given that she has previous experience in government.
This week, Omarosa spoke about her motives for aligning herself with Trump, as well as her frustration with the White House. These statements weren’t prepared for an interview, they were off-the-cuff. She shared her thoughts in a conversation with one of her housemates on Celebrity Big Brother. Ross Mathews (whom you might recognize as “Ross the Intern” from Jay Leno’s Tonight Show) straight up asked Omarosa. He said:
‘From the outside, as a voter, as a citizen, I never got it. Why you went to the White House with him.’
Curled up in a ball on the couch Omarosa opened up:
‘I felt like it was a call to duty. I was serving my country, not serving him.’
This statement is backed up by fact. Were Omarosa not motivated at least partially by wanting to serve the country, she would not have accepted positions in both Democratic and Republican administrations. She went on to talk about the atmosphere in Trump’s White House:
‘I was haunted by tweets. Every single day. What’s he going to tweet next?’
She says this incredulously, like this is in such stark contrast to her experience with President Clinton that she can’t believe it was reality. Mathews continues to prod (and say aloud a question that millions of Americans think every day):
‘Does anyone say to him, “What are you doing?”‘
‘I mean, I tried to be that person, and then all of the people around him attacked me. Ivanka [Trump]’s there, Jared [Kushner]’s there.’
This is consistent with reports coming out of the White House.
— Cindy Morrow (@zorky52) December 14, 2017
Mathews pressed on:
‘Who has that power to say, “What’s going on?”‘
Visibly upset and in tears, Omarosa responds:
‘I don’t know. I’m not there. I’d like to say, “Not my problem,” but I can’t say that, because…’
She begins to whisper:
Mathews asks if Americans should be concerned. She replies with a solemn nod. This isn’t the answer Mathews was looking for:
‘Don’t say that. Because we are worried. But I need you to say, “No, it’s gonna be okay.”‘
Omarosa isn’t willing to distort her truth:
‘It’s going to not be okay. It’s not. It’s so bad.’
This is a shocking confirmation from someone that’s been close to Trump for over a decade, a person close to the president, who has become incredibly worried for our country after seeing Trump in the White House.
Watch the whole video below:
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