Omarosa Manigault participates in a panel discussion at the National Action Network convention. She is a former apprentice and associate of Donald Trump. (Photo Credit: Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock.com)

Omarosa Manigault participates in a panel discussion at the National Action Network convention. She is a former apprentice and associate of Donald Trump. (Photo Credit: Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock.com)

The Trump administration has been very vocal about its media critics since President Donald Trump’s campaign. Various Trump surrogates have claimed journalists are peddling fake news stories whenever Trump is caught in a lie or defects in his leadership are uncovered. Now one longtime White House correspondent is claiming that she was physically threatened by Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault outside the Oval Office.

April Ryan (Photo Source: Facebook/@April D Ryan)

April Ryan (Photo Source: [email protected] D Ryan)

According to April Ryan, a longtime presidential correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks, the incident occurred last Wednesday.  Ryan stated to the Washington Post, “She stood right in my face like she was going to hit me. I said, ‘You better back up.’ . . . She thought I would be bullied. I won’t be.”

The encounter was observed by fellow journalist and Washington Post correspondent Abby Phillip. She did not hear all of the encounter but she stated to media that Ryan felt that the incident was becoming so heated and menacing that it was “Secret Serviceable,” implying that White House security detail should have become involved. In addition, Ryan claims Manigault told her that the Trump administration was compiling dossiers on Black journalists who have posted unfavorable articles about the president. A claim that has been echoed in part by senior White House aide Kellyanne Conaway.

Ryan feels that Manigault’s behavior is part of a plan to discredit her and threaten her career. During the heated presidential campaign, a list was compiled by the Clinton campaign of journalists that they were targeting for favorable coverage. It was implied that some of the journalists on the list were paid by the Clinton campaign and Ryan’s name appeared as a targeted journalist. When the news broke, Manigault sent an email to Ryan that stated, “This story suggests that as a reporter, you are (or were) a paid Clinton surrogate. I pray this is not true! This could be hurtful to your legacy and the integrity of your work.” She then sent another email that read, “Protect your legacy!! You have worked too hard to have people question your ethics as a journalist. People talking trash about the reporters on that list having NO integrity. It’s hurtful to hear people say those things about you.”

Manigault was asked to comment on the incident and she replied simply, “My comment: Fake news!”

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  • appaulled

    First they came for the Journalists, and nobody stood up for them. Then they cam for the Liberals and nobody stood up for them. then they came for the Judges and nobody stood up for them. Now they come for you and I and there is nobody left to stand up for us………

  • Mimi

    I ccan’t stand her, but why are we using “thug?” Because she is black? What about “enforcer,” or “lieutenant,” or “mouth piece,” or “Trump’s very own Frank Nitty?”

    • staccee

      no because she conduct herslf like a bully thug. i cant stand her and once trump gets tired of her black azz, and has no more use for her,, he will finally drop her like the trash she is. Like where is kristin pierson hiding???

      • Mimi

        I don’t know who Kristin Pierson is. Is she one of his other “Apprentice” people? I never watched that show (or any other “reality” shows) so I don’t know who any of those people are really. I only know this one because her name has been everywhere.

  • A Good Catholic Girl

    Omarosa IS Trump’s thug. Her treatment on the Apprentice was aweful. Why does she hang around? His token!

  • britishrose

    THAT PIC A NINNY AUNT JEMAMA LOOKING DIGGER ..

    SHE BETTER REALIZE . she is boiling above massas hot pot of grease ON HER PLANTATION …. . MASSA TRUMP WILL have her faning flies off his grand kids .. when HE is done . with her AND LICKIN HIS BALLS DAILY..s, her action are proof she is setting her goals on a public office and it will flop she is really a dried up reality show desperado who played with MASSA BALLS LONG ENOUGH TO LAND A SPOT IN HIS PLANTATION . Gaining envy she will never .. we feel sorry for her slow roasting demise . trump will give her. JEEZIEBELL COON FACE DUMY.

    she killed one boyfriend heartattack and this new man she got is a flunky black republican idiot perfect match .. if he can look in her watermellon face for a day he may live

    • SrAgri

      Wow. That was exceedingly gross and offensive.

      • nosey rosy

        and isnt that what a good commentation suppose to be fool , im not commenting to make her take her medication she is beyond repair . and so are you for budding in mind your business if you cant understand or you may be republican with your lips on the balls and nuts too

        • SrAgri

          You are racist, gross, and illiterate.

  • nosey rosy

    amarosa better be careful who foot she step on because just like trump hired her , she will be the first to go ,, when he is not re elected , and her whole life is over , she riding on cloud nine now . cause she makeing that money she wanted , its all about money for her , she was with that actor for his money , when he died she used her hate crimes to farther her pubicity stunt, to be on someones pay roll an why not trump . he knew her thirst and he wanted to make her a token nigro, well that she got ,but only problem no body black wants her lol . trump really didnt call that one right .. he better get someone like lil wayne if he want black support lmao

    • SrAgri

      You are such a terrible racist.