According to The New York Times, Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly is freezing out the Trump aides he deems unfit for serious meetings, including aide Omarosa Manigault.
“[Nielsen] is also responsible for keeping Mr. Kelly’s no-fly list of aides he deems to be unfit to attend serious meetings, the most prominent of whom is Omarosa Manigault, the former ‘Apprentice’ star with an ill-defined job and a penchant for dropping into meetings where she was not invited,” the Times wrote.
In charge of this list is Kirstjen Nielsen, Kelly’s longtime aide, who was recently appointed as an assistant to the president and his principal deputy. Nielsen is described in the article as “brusque” and “no-nonsense,” and in charge of wrangling aides on Trump’s outer circle.
Manigault has served as Trump’s chief advisor on African-American issues in the White House, and earlier this month attacked the Congressional Black Caucus for “showboating” and refusing to meet with Trump.
“Coming to the table over and over again to work through these issues is the only effective way to get where they wanted to go,” Manigault told Fox News’s Charles Payne.
“And instead, they’re showboating and they’re actually shorting out their constituents that they committed to represent by not coming to meet with the president,” she said in August.