Surprise! Omarosa's Appearance At This Year's NABJ Convention Was A Disaster

Omarosa's NABJ Appearance Was Very Tense

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the Trump near-apprentice turned White House aide, walked off the panel stage yesterday at the National Association of Black Journalists convention after a heated, almost half-hour exchange with Bounce TV's Ed Gordon.

The NABJ has long invited members of the White House administration to participate in its conference, the group said in an earlier statement to TheWrap, however given the current climate, Omarosa -who now serves as Director of Communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison - was a particularly polarizing choice.

Things reportedly got so bad that some in the audience either walked out of the event or stood and turned their backs to the stage in protest of her appearance.

And the panel went sideways when Manigault and Gordon had a heated confrontation.

"I'm not going to stand here and defend everything about Donald Trump", she said, drawing sighs in the audience. She said issues of police brutality are important to the Trump White House.

"It's on the front burner because I'm pushing the issue and raising the issue", she said. Manigault-Newman said she could not "disclose confidential conversations with the president", which elicited sighing and snickering in the crowd, though Manigault-Newman said she thought it was wrong for Trump to make those comments. "You inform them of what's going on in the community so they can be an advocate".

Manigault-Newman could not say what, if anything, she had done to address these issues within the administration, but continuously defended her role as a convener.

"It's not a mess", she said.

Before she became a part of the Trump administration this year, Manigault had worked at the former Vice President Al Gore's office during the Clinton administration as a scheduling correspondent. When asked about her involvement in policy-level discussions, Manigault-Newman attempted to divert the question and told the audience to Google the work that she's done for Eric Garner's family, writes the outlet.

During the Republican National Convention in July 2016, Manigault announced she was given the position of Director of African-American Outreach for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. She argued that Glover had invited her to talk about her personal experience with gun violence and that he was being dismissive.

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