By Amy Lukau
April Ryan from Urban Radio Networks said that Omarosa Manigault, Director of Communications for President Trump “physically intimidated” her when they got into an argument in the West Wing last week, February 8.
Ryan said Manigault’s intimidation could have involved the Secret Service.
Manigault is the Director of Communications and assistant to the President with a focus on public outreach.
Omarosa Manigault’s duties include coordinating public speaking engagements for members of the administration and the executive office of the president, focusing on administration transparency and inclusion, as well as listening to the public’s concerns.
Manigault said that Ryan was one of several African-American journalists whom the White House is keeping dossiers on. Ryan went on to say “It’s just ugly. She’s trying to harm my integrity and my career. I’ve been [covering the White House] for 20 years. I plan to be here for the next 20 years. You don’t mess with someone’s livelihood.”
Ryan acknowledges that she and Manigault were close friends. That changed when Manigault sent her an email saying, “This story suggests that as a reporter, you are (or were) a paid Clinton surrogate,” adding, “I pray this is not true! This could be hurtful to your legacy and the integrity of your work.”
She went on to include an Intercept article which explained and exposed Clinton and her campaign team’s efforts to secure favorable media coverage by “manipulating” reporters.
Link to Intercept article:
Ryan’s name appeared in a separate list of journalists Clinton’s team hoped to sway, the Post said, but were not paid by the Clintons.
One of the most notable people whose names were in the leaked emails from the Intercept is Donna Brazile, who resigned from CNN when her involvement became public.
Manigault when asked to comment on the incident told the Post via email “My comment: Fake news!”