Omarosa Manigault Newman is popular as a contestant on the Apprentice that became a staff in the White House. Whilst Omarosa might still be popular as a seemingly good reason, there is very limited time to how long she will remain popular as the lady that went from being a contestant in the Apprentice to becoming an aide in the White House. The reason for this is simply because Omarosa as she is generally known appears to have broken a major rule that should be adhered to by staff at the white house.
Not too long ago, Omarosa Manigault Newman was fired by Chief of Staff John Kelly for the violation of integrity. This incidence took place in the situation room- one of the most secure rooms in the White House. While it is bad in itself that Omarosa was fired for a matter such as the violation of integrity, it is even worse that she recorded Chief of Staff John Kelly while she was being fired.
Omarosa obviously did not stop at recording Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her, she also went ahead to play the tapes on national television. Some top security veterans in the United States have already warned that Omarosa’s actions (recording an incidence that took place in the situation room and playing it on national TV) is a very risky move and also one that is considered illegal.
At the moment, Omarosa Manigault Newman is on tour to promote her soon to be released book titled “Unhinged”. And while at this, she decided to play the tape which contains the events that transpired between her and Chief of Staff John Kelly on “Meet the Press”, an NBC program that is hosted by Chuck Todd. Although Omarosa has been out of the White House for up to 8 months, situations surrounding her exit from the White House still appear fresh in the mind of lots of people. Reports have it that Omarosa was not only fired, she was also physically evicted from the White House. Although this is not exactly a common occurrence, it appeared security details had no choice as she was reported to have made attempts at making an appearance at the residence of the president in order to have a confrontation with him before finally making her way out of the premises.
Omarosa’s Reason for Releasing the Recording
In as much as there could be many reasons behind the release of this recording, Manigault has made it known that her reason for releasing this tape is to serve as an evidence that the situations that characterize her exit from the White House were not exactly disturbing. “If I did not have this recording, people would still believe the false, incredible story that I was running around the White House”, she said. She went on to make it known that she was not in any way regretting making the recording in as much as a lot of people and authorities do not approve it.
A part of the recording that was played by the network;
“It’s come to my attention over the last few months that there’ been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you and the use of government vehicles and some other issues.. And the issue that you may or may not have a full appreciation for, but I think you do, this would be a pretty high level of accountability… Meanwhile a court-martial. We’re not suggesting any legal action here… There are pretty significant legal issues that we hope don’t develop into something that’ll make it ugly for you…
I think it’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure, we can all be, you know, we can all look at your time here in the white House as a year of service to the nation. And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.”
As the recording goes on, Omarosa is resistant to the decision of Chief of Staff Kelly John to quit as a staff in the White House. While at this, she asks, if the president knew about what was happening. In response to her questions, John Kelly made it obvious that her firing was a non-negotiable decision and that she was being fired because of “pretty serious integrity violation.”
In response to Chief of Staff John Kelly’s claim that Omarosa was being fired as a result of pretty serious integrity violations, she made it clear that she wanted her human resources file to be released by the White House . In her words: “Release it so that the American people can see that I worked my butt off to make a difference in this country, and they were looking for ways to frame me.”
What Sarah Sanders had to Say
In a reaction to the recording released by Omarosa, Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary had this to say: “The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House situation room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security-and then to brag about it on national television further proves that lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee.”
In addition to accusing the authorities in the white house for firing her unjustly, Manigault-Newman has also put up allegations of being paid to stay quiet. According to the former White House employee, she was forced into signing a non-disclosure agreement in addition to an offer to be a part of the Trump 2020 campaign team. Omarosa is of the opinion that a lot of other people that have had to leave the White House in very funny ways have also been given the same offer and have had to sign non-disclosure agreements.
Although the allegations that Omarosa has put up against the authorities in charge of the White House might truly hold water, the fact that she recorded a conversation that took place in the situation room is enough to destroy all the good that she has done and is still trying to achieve. The reason for this is; the situation room is one of the most secure rooms in the United States and in the world. It is a 5,000 square-foot and is the venue where a lot of important decisions as regards national security are discussed, as well as taken. Going by this information, Omarosa making a tape out of an incidence that took place in the situation room and going on to air it on national television is very risky for the security of the country that she claims to love.
Due to this action which was carried out by Omarosa, there have been lots of tweets from important people in the United States, most of them expressing their dissatisfaction with what Omarosa did. A lot have taken to twitter to condemn this unpatriotic act.
According to a tweet by Lawfare executive editor Susan Hennessey, the recording which was carried out by Omarosa was a breach of trust, a grave security risk, and a likely violation of law. She went on to make it known that Omarosa’s actions should not be applauded by anyone. Regardless of their political party.
Also, Alyssa Masttmonaco, former Obama staffer made it known via twitter that it was not allowed for house employees to go into the situation room with their phones.
Although every one that has held a position in the United States that has said anything about Omarosa recording her conversation with John Kelly in the Situation room has made a negative comment about her action, Omarosa has defended her actions by saying: “You have to have your own back, because otherwise you’ll look back and see 17 knifes in your back”
While in an interview with NBC’s meet the press, Omarosa spoke about the issues with honesty, race, and loyalty that exist in the white House. Omarosa did not just talk about these problems, she also had recordings to prove that these problems indeed are in existence. According to Omarosa, what she did was done in self-defense. While there is an element of truth in this, her actions might not exactly end well for her. In as much as John Kelly could have meant many things when he said that Omarosa lacked integrity, security experts in the United States are of the belief that Omarosa making a tape of a conversation that took place in the situation room is a perfect example of integrity violation, a conduct that she was accused of having.
This Controversy Could Work in Her Favor
The accusations that Omarosa has made against John Kelly is coming at a time when she is advertising a book that that should be released soon.
In as much as there are no laws in place stopping the release of her book, the White House has come out to say that Manigault Newman’s upcoming book is characterized by lies and false accusations. She was called a lowlife by Trump on Saturday. In addition to this, Kellyanne Conway has made it known that on getting into the west wing, everyone has to sign a non-disclosure agreement about keeping a sealed lips about the things that go on in the administration. He went on to make it known that Omarosa Manigault Newman has breached that agreement.
Well, in the face of lots of disapprovals that have come from various quarters as a result of the recording that she made and released to the public. Her story about what exactly happened is coming at a time when she is about releasing copies of her new book….
Omarosa has tried to defend herself in lots of ways. One of those ways is she has accused the Chief of Staff of trying to intimidate her and that was his reason for having the meeting in the situation room behind closed doors instead of in his office. Before their conversation started, some senior officials that work in the White House made it known that John Kelly had expected her to put up some resistance. This was in addition to rumors that Omarosa was already recording some of the conversations that she was having. According to some senior officials, the suspicion of Omarosa recording conversations was the major reason that John Kelly decided to have the meeting in the situation room, a room where workers at the White House had to drop their electronic devices outside while they entered.
The reason for the restriction to the use of electronic devices in the situation room was the fact that they could pose risks to national security.
Prior to making Manigault aware of the fact that she was no longer considered fit to keep working in the West Wing, John Kelly had already made it known to the people that mattered that Manigault had put up a resignation letter. This, is believed to be a move that was made in order to stop her from making a scene before leaving. Well, as is known, this decision was not as effective as he envisaged it would be.
About the Situation Room
The situation room is a room that is located in the West Wing’s basement. It is considered to be the most secure, iconic, and technologically developed room in the United States. This room was built in 1961 by the administration of John F. Kennedy. It is the designed to serve as a room for handling matters of utmost importance such as the monitoring of international crises, the giving of orders to American troops, and the control of the United States’ domestic affairs. The situation room was the room that former President Barack Obama, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and key members of the US military watched the American Army take down Osama bin laden while it happened. This room has facilities that can detect the presence of unauthorized cell phones, as well as other devices that are considered unwanted in the situation room.
This description of the situation room and what it means to the American people gives an idea of how grave Omarosa’s action of recording her conversation with Chief of Staff John Kelly is and why she has been condemned by virtually every American that matters.