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Senior White House Correspondent April Ryan talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the rumors of a feud with Omarosa Manigualt and the future of HBCUs under a Donald Trump Administration.

“Before he became President, Omarosa sat on the panel, if Trump became President, he would focus in on HBCUS and the issue of Parent Plus Loans and Pell Grants…he wanted to know which were succeeding and those that weren’t. There is a draft floating around, it talks about taking the HBCU initiative and placing it under the purview of the White House…Omarosa is heading that.”

Click the link below to hear the entire interview.

Not even a full month into the White House, the Trump administration has been roiled by scandals and failed policies. Now, one of his top aides is embroiled in another controversy. Former reality star turned Trump supporter and now aide Omarosa Manigault has been accused of a verbal spat with her former friend, journalist April Ryan.

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The two were close enough that Ryan was due to be a bridesmaid at Manigault’s upcoming wedding, but the two are now apparently estranged, according to The Washington Post. A confrontation took place at the White House, witnessed by others, that was serious enough that some observers thought the Secret Service may have had to intervene.

From The Post: 

Ryan also said Manigault made verbal threats, including the assertion that Ryan was among several journalists on whom Trump officials had collected “dossiers” of negative information.

Manigault, a onetime friend of Ryan’s, declined to address Ryan’s accusations on the record, offering only this emailed statement: “My comment: Fake news!” She did not specify what she considered false.

Manigault appeared on Trump’s reality programs, “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” where she became known as a combative personality skilled in undercutting rivals. She also worked on his presidential campaign, appearing multiple times as a surrogate in TV interviews. Trump appointed her director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison in January.

The encounter between Manigault and Ryan took place outside White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s West Wing office late Wednesday. Among the witnesses were White House press office staffers and a Washington Post reporter, Abby Phillip.

Phillip said she didn’t hear every word of the women’s exchange but said Ryan told her afterward that she felt Manigault’s behavior was so threatening that it was “Secret Serviceable,” meaning that it rose to the level of law enforcement intervention.

Ryan, a veteran White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks, used the same phrase repeatedly in an interview. “She stood right in my face like she was going to hit me,” Ryan said. “I said, ‘You better back up.’ . . . She thought I would be bullied. I won’t be.”

Spicer did not respond to a request for comment.

The argument apparently stemmed from emails that Manigault sent to Ryan during the presidential campaign.

In October, Manigault sent Ryan an email raising questions about whether Ryan was being paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign — a claim Ryan vigorously denies. Manigault included a link to an article from the Intercept, which covers national security issues.

The article detailed the Clinton campaign’s effort to secure favorable media coverage by “manipulating” reporters; it included a list compiled by Clinton staffers of TV surrogates who were part of the campaign. It published a separate list of journalists, including Ryan, whom the campaign hoped to influence but were not paid by the Clintons.

“This story suggests that as a reporter, you are (or were) a paid Clinton surrogate,” Manigault wrote in the email. “I pray this is not true! This could be hurtful to your legacy and the integrity of your work.”

Manigault sent a second email to Ryan a few minutes later. It read, “Protect your legacy!! You have worked too hard to have people question your ethics as a journalist. People talking trash about the reporters on that list having NO integrity. It’s hurtful to hear people say those things about you.”

Ryan said she was devastated by any intimation that she was unethical. “It’s just ugly,” she said. “She’s trying to harm my integrity and my career. I’ve been [covering the White House] for 20 years. I plan to be here for the next 20 years. You don’t mess with someone’s livelihood.”

During their altercation, Ryan said Manigault told her that she was among several African-American journalists who were the subject of White House “dossiers.” Manigault has previously said that Trump is keeping “a list” of opponents, though at the time she was referring to Republicans who voted against Trump.

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15 thoughts on “April Ryan Addresses Rumored Feud With Omarosa…Sort Of

  1. Sharona Green on said:

    Donald Trump says he is not racist
    Please Google

    ‘No Vacancies’ for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was First Accused of Bias
    By JONATHAN MAHLER and STEVE EDERAUG. 27, 2016

  2. Barbara on said:

    Phonyrosa better back up from Ryan. This classy sister is from Baltimore and Baltimore women do not play! If she don’t know — she had better ask somebody!!!

  3. jhuf—You are obviously MIS-INFORMED–STATISTICS SHOW THERE ARE MORE POOR WHITE TRASH AND FOREIGNERS ON WELFARE!!!!!!!!!

    You, HATERS need to get your info and FACTS straight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bye boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I said this administration is similar to President Nixon, who had an enemies list. I believe April and not Omarosa. Omarosa is burning bridges.

  5. specialt757 on said:

    More nonsense. As black people we should not feed into this, pitting one against the other. “Phonyrosa” (I like that) chose her side. Just like Willie Lynch predicted, pit slaves against one another (for whatever reason, light-skin vs. dark-skin, house n-word vs. field n-word, etc…) and keep black folks hating each other for centuries to come. Un-trust will win over trust any day, don’t allow him to be right, don’t get caught up. Stay focused on the enemy.

  6. Omarosa is so sickening, anything for attention. I really don’t know how she looks herself in the mirror. Bet u any amount of money her marriage won’t last. Remember in slavery days what they called the black person that stayed in the main house ? That would report to the Master on what the other slaves were doing ? That’s being kind to her. She has no creditabilty with the black agenda. She is as low down as the Big Orange Bully !

  7. Omarosa is nothing but CHUMP’s toad!!!!!

    I guess being on her knees and servicing the Donald paid off for her!!!!!
    Just call her the 21st century version of an Aunt Jemima!!!!!!!!!

    • So I guess the Democrats version of Aunt Jemima’s an Stepin Fetched’s
      Are the welfare and foodstamp blacks that are so beholding to them every 4 years

  8. Auhhh what things too tough for Ms. Ryan? her feelings hurt maybe she needs to put down the notepad and put on an apron or just Man-Up

  9. So the bullying continues. This bitch Omarosa is just doing what her white master told her to do. Damn sellout. I’m glad April stood up to her bullying ass. I would have done the same thing. Omarosa was the one who was out of line. She better correct herself, before she reck herself. Damn fool.

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