The Secret Service Just Responded to Claims Omarosa Was ‘Physically Dragged’ From White House

One of the stranger developments out of the Trump White House this week was that Trump advisor Omarosa Manigualt-Newman had resigned.

Initially, it was reported on Tuesday that Omarosa, the only memorable person from “The Apprentice” other than President Donald Trump himself — and one of the few people of color among Trump’s top officials — was resigning her post and would formally leave on January 20.

The White House said that Omarosa had resigned in order to “pursue other opportunities,” even though it’s not entirely clear what she did for the Trump administration to begin with.

But the sudden nature of Omarosa’s departure sparked debate about whether she was resigning or being fired.

On Wednesday, reports from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The Daily Beast and others indicated that Omarosa wasn’t so willing to leave her post and had to be “physically dragged and escorted off the campus” on Tuesday.

Several outlets reported — based on an unnamed White House official — that when Omarosa learned she was being fired, she tried to “storm the residence” part of the White House to appeal directly to Trump, but was turned away by staff. It was also rumored that the Secret Service was involved after things “got physical,” a White House official told the New York Daily News.

But the Secret Service took to Twitter to debate the claim.

“Reporting regarding Secret Service personnel physically removing Omarosa Manigault Newman from the complex is incorrect,” the agency reported. “The Secret Service was not involved in the termination process of Ms Manigault Newman or the escort off of the complex. Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual’s pass which grants access to the complex.”

The New York Daily News reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had decided to fire Omarosa over repeated antics that drew attention to the administration, including a bizarre appearance at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and a lengthy photo shoot at the White House after her wedding.

There were also indications that she was frequently vulgar and overstated her importance to Trump’s election. Whatever truly happened, Omarosa became the latest of a long list of former Trump advisors and administration officials to make a premature and circus-like exit.