It's Official: Omarosa Joins Trump Transition Team
"He wants his administration to be the most diverse in history," the 'Apprentice' star says of her directive.
Confirming what she told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, Omarosa Manigault has been officially appointed to serve on the executive committee of Donald Trump's presidential transition team, according to a statement Thursday from the administration.
Manigault, 42, first met Trump in 2004 on the set of NBC's The Apprentice, where she was quickly pegged a "villain" for her quarrelsome competition style. The pair got to know each other better on subsequent seasons of Celebrity Apprentice and on The Ultimate Merger, an African-American dating show that Manigault and Trump co-produced.
Writing in THR's annual Women in Entertainment issue, Manigault explained that her position "is called national engagement. He has given me a personal directive that with the 4,000 jobs we need to fill, he wants his administration to be the most diverse in history."
She also praised Trump as being "open-minded ... he does not judge people on their gender or race." Manigault also noted his compassion, citing two instances — following the 2011 shooting of her brother and the fatal heart attack that claimed the life of her fiance, actor Michael Clarke Duncan, in 2012 — in which Trump called her to extend his deep sympathies.
She is currently engaged to John Allen Newman, a pastor from Florida she met while teaching a post-graduate course at Howard University.
Manigault was one of nine additions to Trump's executive committee on Thursday. The other "key staff leadership" include: Congresswoman Amata Coleman Radewagen, Sheriff Butch Anderson, Safra Catz, Tom Dadey, Nick Langworthy, Mike McCormack, Joe Mondello and John Sweeney.