Citing the usual suspects — anonymous administration officials — The New York Times continues to push reports that Omarosa Manigault, communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison, has been put on a “no-fly list” to restrict her access to President Donald Trump.
As White House Chief of Staff John Kelly brings order to the West Wing, he now has a “no-fly list of aides he deems to be unfit to attend serious meetings, the most prominent of whom is [Manigault], the former ‘Apprentice’ star with an ill-defined job and a penchant for dropping into meetings where she was not invited,” The NY Times reported.
White House aides say Trump is freezing out Gary Cohn by employing a familiar tactic: refusing to make eye contact https://t.co/9D6WVG03tE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 9, 2017
The newspaper paints a picture of a dysfunctional Trump White House where staffers are “accustomed to wandering in and out of meetings.”
Omarosa is not the only one on the list, which is reportedly maintained by Kirstjen Nielsen, a “principle deputy” and “no-nonsense longtime aide” of Kelly’s, who is said to be the feared enforcer.
The information amounts to little more than leaked rumors and a senior White House official adamantly denied the report, according to Fox News.
Omarosa laughed off the rumor when asked by TMZ:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 7, 2017
The report first surfaced last week in The Daily Beast, who reported “it was common practice for aides to slide into the Oval Office and distract and infuriate the president with pieces of negative news coverage.”
“When Gen. Kelly is talking about clamping down on access to the Oval, she’s patient zero,” an anonymous source “close” to the Trump administration said of Omarosa.
But it seems few were listening… so enter The Times, a week later, giving the story a reboot — but with a Category 4 hurricane blowing in South Florida, this new breath of air is not likely to help much.
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