Omarosa Ditches Black Journalists Panel After "Aggressive" Questioning


White House official Omarosa Manigault-Newman clashed with a veteran news anchor during a panel discussion on policing in black communities held at the largest gathering of black journalists in the country.

These sort of professional media meetups are typically musty affairs with awkward smalltalk and cash bars.

A group of people stood with their backs turned to the stage as Manigault-Newman continued to spar with the moderators and panelists. Omarosa argued she agreed to do the panel to talk about her experiences, not to defend every word Trump has ever said.

She added, "When you try to kill me and my career because you want to advance yourself, because you are now making money after not making money from selling cellphones, and now you're making $180,000 a year, good for you".

"You don't walk away from the table", Manigault-Newman responded when asked why she'd take a job in an administration seen by many in the room as hostile to African Americans.

Mr. Gordon also asked Ms. Manigault-Newman about what she told the president after his remarks on Long Island.

She began by telling the story of the loss of her father and brother to violence in Youngstown, Ohio, a story that she said has allowed her to understand the pain of families who have lost children or loved ones to gun violence.

Clearly, Gordon didn't agree with Omarosa, and he proceeded to play a clip of Trump joking about not being too "nice" to suspects when they arrest them. 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.

Several journalists who were scheduled to be on the panel pulled out of the event after Ms. Manigault-Newman was added.

Her personal life was marred by tragedies.

Manigualt walked off the stage when Gordon said it was a "quagmire" that had "reached the point of diminished returns", according to The Times.

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.

NABJ President Sarah Glover at one point faced the audience herself to explain Manigault-Newman's appearance at the conference.