Washington, DC (USA Today) - Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former pantomime villain of Donald Trump's Apprentice television show before becoming a senior aide to President Trump, has resigned, the White House said Wednesday.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Newman resigned Tuesday "to pursue other opportunities," and that her departure is effective Jan. 20 — exactly one year into the Trump presidency.
Newman, 43, was the most prominent African-American face of Trump's White House, working on outreach to historically black colleges and universities and racial disparities in the military justice system.
But it was her social life that more often grabbed headlines. She married Florida pastor John Allen Newman at Trump's Washington hotel in April, reportedly using the White House as a backdrop for her wedding photos. Her $25,000 dress was provided by TLC television's Say Yes to the Dress.
Her official title was assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She made $179,700, the top salary allowed by law for White House aides.
In language typical of White House statements on previous departures, Sanders said, "We wish her the best in future endeavors and are grateful for her service.”