Former ‘Apprentice’ star Omarosa Manigault Newman to leave White House
WASHINGTON — Omarosa Manigault Newman, who achieved a measure of fame playing a villain on “The Apprentice” and cemented a relationship with President Trump that led to a White House appointment, will be leaving her position in January, the administration said Wednesday.
Newman “resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “Her departure will not be effective until Jan. 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
One of the president’s prominent African-American supporters, Newman served as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison. But the division, which was absent a clear leader for most of the year, atrophied with her in a key position.
Reached by phone Wednesday, Newman referred a reporter to Sanders’ statement about her departure.
Newman was not well liked by some White House advisers, including Reince Priebus, the former chief of staff; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser; and John F. Kelly, the current chief of staff, according to multiple White House officials. Early in his tenure, Kelly identified the public liaison office as a major problem that he had to contend with, but it took months to move Newman to it, these people said.
Armstrong Williams, a conservative media personality and business owner, said that Trump was so fond of Newman that she once could walk into the president’s office whenever she wished. That practice ended for her and other White House aides when Kelly became chief of staff in late July. However, Priebus had banned Newman from several White House meetings. And several people familiar with Newman’s departure said she had been sending articles to Trump without Kelly’s approval.
That’s what Senator Chuck Schumer’s staff did Tuesday in reporting to the Capitol Police the existence of a fraudulent document that described false allegations against the New York Democrat.
The document, which looks like a court filing, suggests that Schumer sexually harassed a staff member. The staff member who was named in the document as the plaintiff, and who no longer works for Schumer, told The New York Times on Wednesday that the harassment claims were “completely false.” The former staff member spoke on condition of anonymity.
Schumer’s spokesman, Matt House, said that the document was forged and that the allegations in it are false. Schumer is the top Democrat in the Senate.
New York governor chides female reporter
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a female journalist she was doing ‘‘a disservice to women’’ Wednesday by asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government.
Public radio reporter Karen DeWitt asked the Democratic governor whether he was considering new policies in light of the national attention on sexual misconduct, as well as the recent resignation of a state economic development official who was under investigation for harassment.
Cuomo did not directly answer her question, and instead asked her and other reporters what they were doing to address harassment in their organizations.
‘‘I think you missed the point,’’ he told DeWitt. ‘‘When you say ‘it’s state government’ you do a disservice to women, with all due respect, even though you’re a woman.’’
Cuomo said he feels that questions about the state response minimize the broader issue of sexual assault, which he said is a problem in all industries and areas of society. ‘‘It’s not government. It’s society,’’ he said.
CNN anchor says his Twitter account was hacked
CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Wednesday morning that a deleted tweet from his account responding to President Trump, calling him a ‘‘pathetic loser,’’ was not, in fact, posted by him.
Cooper’s account had responded to a tweet from the president by saying, ‘‘Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser.’’
In a follow-up tweet Cooper said that his account had been hacked : ‘‘just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account. i have not sent a tweet in days or replied to any tweets. We are looking into how this happened,’’ he said.