Former White House aide and reality TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman offered a dire outlook of the U.S. under President Donald Trump, tearfully cautioning that the country is “going to not be OK.” Her comments came during an appearance on “Celebrity Big Brother” set to air Thursday, according to Politico.
Manigault, who was fired from her post as White House director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison in December, was shown in a clip as co-star and TV personality Ross Mathews asked if she was concerned for the country under Trump’s leadership.
“Yes,” Manigault said, then remarked: “I’d like to say it’s not my problem, but I can’t say that because it’s bad.”
Asked if the U.S. would be “OK” going forward, Manigault Newman replied: “No, it’s going to not be OK.”
Politico reports that the former White House aide, who appeared alongside Trump on “The Apprentice,” added that she had fretted about the president’s social media use while in the administration.
“I was haunted by tweets every single day,” Manigault Newman said. “Like what is he going to tweet next?”
Manigault Newman said she urged Trump to tone down his rhetoric on Twitter but was overruled by other White House staffers.
After moving into the “Big Brother” house last week, Manigault Newman said on Wednesday’s debut episode that the feuding in her new setting was not unlike the West Wing.
“There’s a lot of people that want to stab me in the back, kind of similar to the White House,” she said. “The one thing that I learned from politics is you have to watch your back, and sometimes you have to watch your front, too.”
CBS announced in January that Manigault Newman, whose White House stint was marked by combative exchanges with members of the media, would join the cast for the inaugural season of “Celebrity Big Brother” in the U.S., marking what is possibly the quickest-ever move from the West Wing to reality television.