Omarosa Talks Trump on 'Celebrity Big Brother': Public Should Be "Worried"
"It's not my circus, not my monkeys. I'd like to say not my problem, but I can't say that because it's bad," the former political aide reveals on the CBS reality series.
Omarosa Manigault, who left her White House post under dramatic circumstances in December, is already spilling President Trump secrets as she returns to a reality TV career inside the Celebrity Big Brother house.
In a sneak peek for the reality TV competition's second episode, the former political aide is heard saying, "It's not going to be OK. It's not. It's so bad," as she gets emotional talking to her roommate and TV personality Ross Mathews about the inner workings of the Trump administration.
She added, "I was haunted by tweets every single day, like 'What is he going to tweet next?'" and that "all of the people around him attacked me. It was like, 'Keep her away from him. Don't give her access. Don't let her talk to him.' Ivanka's there, Jared [Kushner's] there …"
And to further add to this saga the White House has responded to Omarosa's comments. Says deputy press secretary Raj Shah during Thursday's briefing, "Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this was the fourth time we let her go. She had limited contact with the president while here. She has no contact now."
Memorable from her appearances on NBC's The Apprentice, Omarosa has been one of President Trump's most prominent African-American supporters, joining the Trump administration as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison.
Details of her exit from the White House indicated her leaving under something of a cloud, and it was widely reported that she was fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly. According to White House correspondent April Ryan, Omarosa didn't take her dismissal well. "She was very upset and said she wanted to speak to the president," said Ryan in her report at the time of the firing.
Quoting sources, Ryan reported that Kelly said, "This is not like going to the principal's office" and told Omarosa that Trump had signed off on the decision. That prompted Omarosa to grow "vulgar" in her response and, according to Ryan, she told Kelly she had brought the black vote to Trump. She then tried to get into Trump's residence and was stopped and escorted off the grounds by the Secret Service.
As Omarosa alludes to reports that she was tossed out of Trump's administration, she also says now that she is no longer there, she feels a duty to reveal the truth as a citizen, telling Mathews that the country should be "worried." She said, "It's not my circus, not my monkeys. I'd like to say not my problem, but I can't say that because it's bad."
When Mathews asked why she joined the administration and showed support of Trump since the beginning of his campaign, Omarosa claims, "I felt like it was a call to duty. I felt like I was serving my country, not him. It was always about the country."
Omarosa, along with her other Celebrity Big Brother castmembers including Mark McGrath, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Brandi Glanville, are locked away inside the Big Brother house and will be under 24/7 surveillance with the show's live feed feature. This surely won't be the last time the controversial figure talks about our sitting president on a reality series.
She has also said, during her Big Brother tenure, "The one thing you have to learn from politics is you have to watch your own back." And "Here in the Big Brother house there are a lot of people who want to stab me in the back — kind of like the White House."