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Ousted Trump adviser Omarosa signs with Mass. speakers firm

Omarosa Manigault Newman.John Taggart/Bloomberg/File 2016

WASHINGTON — Omarosa Manigault Newman, the controversial former assistant to President Trump, is about to hit the speaking circuit.

Newman has signed up to be represented by a Massachusetts-based speakers firm after her recent high-profile ouster from the White House, according to people familiar with the deal and the firm’s website.

In a yet-to-be-announced deal, Newman has joined American Programs Bureau, a top booking firm headquartered in Newton whose speakers can command more than $50,000 an appearance. The prestigious firm also represents celebrities such as Larry King, Al Pacino, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Sarah Palin.

“Rising from the depths of extreme poverty to become the only African American senior advisor to the 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump, Omarosa Manigault Newman is one of the most dynamic keynotes in the speaking world today,” reads Newman’s bio on APB’s website.


The move marks Newman’s first public activity since she left the White House in December under a cloud of confusion. White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly fired Newman after a series of run-ins and verbal confrontations, but she later insisted that she left of her own volition because she was disappointed in how the White House was handling issues of race and gender. Her last day on the White House payroll was Saturday, though her West Wing pass was revoked in mid-December.

American Programs Bureau refused to confirm specifics regarding the deal to the Globe, with one associate saying Newman had not signed with the company at all.

However, a person close to the deal said Newman is expected to be announced this week, because the former Trump adviser is formally freed of her White House duties Monday.

The Globe later found Newman’s speaker page on the APB website.

“Her unbelievable journey from Youngstown public housing projects to become a global TV sensation from the NBC hit show The Apprentice is spellbinding,” it reads. “Known by only her first name, OMAROSA utilizes the backdrop of her tumultuous childhood and her own personal tragedies to fuel her life lesson, she takes listeners on a journey that celebrates triumphs over tragedies.”


Since her ouster from the West Wing, several reports have said Newman might be planning a tell-all book about her time in the White House. The former reality television star formally held the title of communications director for the Office of Public Liaison, but her longtime relationship with President Trump meant she was often consulted on a range of matters.

Newman was the highest ranking black officer at the White House at the time of her departure. Since she left, the lack of racial diversity in the West Wing has continued to trouble Democrats and conservatives alike.

APB will offer clients a “A conversation with Omarosa” in which she could speak on her “lifelong commitment to urban ministry, at-risk youth and homelessness.”

Astead W. Herndon can be reached at astead.herndon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @AsteadWesley.