Omarosa Ditches Black Journalists Panel After "Aggressive" Questioning

Omarosa Ditches Black Journalists Panel After

It only took a few minutes for the appearance onstage of White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman at the convention of the National Association of Black Journalists to get tense, The Washington Post reported Friday.

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

Manigault's inclusion on the panel, which reportedly drew a standing-room only audience, that discussed issues like police brutality caused plenty of controversy before it even started.

At the White House, she told the audience, she brings people to the table to have influence on policy discussions. "You can ask a question, but I'm not going to listen to a lecture". At one point, Manigault, a former star on Trump's "Apprentice" TV show, asked, "Is this a panel or is this just me?"

Manigault was later asked by one of her fellow panelists whether or not she felt hypocritical for joining an administration that appears "hostile" to African Americans, Manigault explained that "you don't want away from the table, because if you're not on the table, you're on the menu".

Now he's facing a $50 million lawsuit
The network is also looking into a separate claim by frequent Fox News guest Caroline Heldman that Bolling sexually harassed her. Fox News then responded earlier this week, suspending Bolling "pending the results of an investigation".

Moderator and broadcast journalist Ed Gordon stepped in at the last minute, but he sparred with Manigault-Newman, nearly as soon as she stepped on stage. 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.

Manigault-Newman could not say what, if anything, she had done to address these issues within the administration, but continuously defended her role as a convener.

"I fight on the front lines every day", Manigault-Newman said, prompting gasps of disbelief from people in the audience.

And the panel went sideways when Manigault and Gordon had a heated confrontation. It began when the name of President Donald Trump was mentioned. The two stood on their feet, approached each other and went back and forth after Gordon refused to allow Manigault to rebuff questions about Trump's recent remarks that encouraged law enforcement officers to use excessive force on suspects. She argued that Glover had invited her to talk about her personal experience with gun violence and that he was being dismissive.

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