is denying reports that she was forcibly escorted from the White House after being fired by Chief of Staff John Kelly, saying the reports are “100 percent false.” CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports that after she protested the terms of her termination and proceeded to the White House residence, tripping alarms.
“I resigned, and I didn’t do that in the residence as being reported,” Manigault Newman told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday. “John Kelly and I sat down in the situation room, which is a very secure, very quiet room in the White House, and we had a very candid conversation, and I wanted to make the one-year mark, that was one of the goals I set out to and then get back to my life.”
She added, “John Kelly and I had a very straightforward discussion about concerns that I had, issues that I raised, and as a result, I resigned, and it will be taking place January the 20th when I leave this very interesting administration.”
Manigault Newman asked where photographic or video evidence was of the reported dramatic exit.
“Where are the pictures or videos?” she said. “If I had confronted John Kelly, who is a very formidable person, it would garner enough attention for anyone in the room to at least take a picture or video or something.”
The former assistant to the president says the initial reports of her departure stem from “one individual who has a personal vendetta against me.”
“Only one person, no one else, has reported what she’s reporting, and this is the one person who has attacked me for the last year, and so you know that this is personal,” Manigault Newman said of the initial reports.
While it’s unclear who Manigault Newman was referring to, the former “Apprentice” star has had public spats with one White House reporter, April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, who had accused Manigault Newman of bullying and threatening her.