Omarosa Calls Robin Roberts' 'Bye Felicia' Remark 'Petty' After Disputing Reports of White House Exit
The former "Apprentice" contestant claims she resigned, but didn't do so in the White House.
Omarosa Manigault Newman is responding to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts after the co-host quipped “Bye, Felicia” following an interview with the former White House staffer Thursday.
"That was petty," Omarosa told Inside Edition exclusively when asked about Roberts' remark. "It’s a black woman civil war."
The former Apprentice star sat down with Roberts' co-anchor Michael Strahan Thursday to discuss her exit from the Trump administration, which was announced Wednesday.
"When I have a chance to tell my story, Michael, I have quite a story to tell," she told him. "As the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that made me feel uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people.
"And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear."
Following the interview, Roberts said on air, "She says she has a story to tell and I'm sure she will be selling that story. Yeah. Bye Felicia."
It was reported by CNN political analyst April Ryan that Omarosa was fired by Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, but the White House claimed she left on her own recognizance.
“I like to hear all of these interesting tales,” Omarosa told Strahan on Thursday. “I have to tell you, they are 100 percent false.”
She said she resigned and claims she met with Gen. Kelly in the Situation Room where they had a “very frank discussion about the concerns I had, issues that I raised.”
Omarosa's account is at odds with reports that say she “threw a tantrum" after being fired and was "physically dragged and escorted" from the White House.
It was also reported that the Secret Service had to remove Omarosa from the White House, but both she and the agency have denied that claim.
“The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms. Manigault Newman or the escort off of the complex. Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual's pass which grants access to the complex,” the Secret Service tweeted Wednesday.
On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Omarosa had resigned.
“Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities," Sanders said in a statement. "Her departure will not be effective until January 20, 2018. We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”
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