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'Apprentice' Star Omarosa Manigault to Join Trump White House

Omarosa Manigault

Omarosa Manigault, a former contestant on The Apprentice, will follow President-elect Donald Trump to the White House, in the role of public liaison.

Manigault serves on the transition team’s executive committee, and supported Trump’s presidential campaign early, appearing with him on the trail. She worked with National Diversity Coalition for Trump, negotiating the candidate’s outreach to black people during his campaign. Most notably, she coordinated and appeared with him at Great Faith International Ministries in Detroit, his first visit to a black church.

The specifics of her role and title have not yet been offered, but Manigault has served in the White House previously, under President Bill Clinton. She worked at the White House personnel office, the Commerce Department, and with then-Vice President Al Gore.

Then in 2004, Manigault played a cut-throat and ruthless role on The Apprentice. While she was “fired” after nine weeks, she has remained one of the most famous contestants, returning to the show several times, and on other reality shows as well.

She continued her cut-throat attitude while on the campaign trail with Trump. In an interview with PBS’ Frontline, she declared, “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”

Since the election, Manigault has worked closely with the transition team. In December, she welcomed NFL stars Ray Lewis and Jim Brown to Trump Tower. “Was great meeting Omarosa and the team … very impressive and passionate,” wrote Lewis afterward.

This public liaison role was not Manigault’s first choice, however. The former reality star expressed a desire to be the ambassador to Haiti, where she has a history of missionary and service work, a transition source told ABC News.