Former “The Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault, who’s known simply as Omarosa, has officially joined President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition team as a member of the transition’s executive committee.
Omarosa, who appeared on the first season of Trump’s reality TV show on NBC also worked on the president-elect’s campaign as Trump’s director of African American outreach.
Omarosa was spotted at Trump Tower in New York for a meeting with the president-elect earlier this week, joining NFL stars Jim Brown and Ray Lewis in the meeting with Trump on Tuesday reportedly to discuss job creation issues and urban development.
She says he’s “very enthusiastic about it.” The appointment was announced on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
Omarosa joins eight others on the executive committee including Amata Coleman Radewagen, American Samoa’s delegate to the House; Sheriff Butch Anderson of Dutchess County, New York; Oracle CEO Safra Catz; Tom Dadey, chairman of the Onondaga County, New York, GOP; Nick Langworthy, chairman of the Erie County, New York, GOP; Mike McCormack; Joe Mondello; and former Rep. John Sweeney.
This won’t be Omarosa’s first run with a presidential administration. According to People, the former political appointee was booted from four jobs in two years with the Clinton administration.
At her last one, “she was asked to leave as quickly as possible, she was so disruptive,” says Cheryl Shavers, the former Under Secretary for Technology at the Commerce Department, where Omarosa worked several weeks in 2000. “One woman wanted to slug her.”
At her first White House gig, answering invitations received by Vice President Al Gore, “she didn’t do her job, and it got everybody in trouble,” a former Gore staffer tells media. Her exact title was scheduling correspondent. Her job was to respond to invitations.”
During a Q-and-A at a 2004 Washington, D.C., panel discussion on “Wearing the Pants: A Woman’s Experience in a Man’s World,” People asked Omarosa about the challenges she’s faced as a woman in her career.
“I have done logistics and advance and event planning for the White House under the Gore staff. … At 23, I got appointed to the White House. That was not a place to learn how to be a young professional. That’s a very difficult environment because they don’t believe in training. They just kind of throw you in the fire,” Omarosa told the audience.