This Friday, the Times reported that Kelly had created a “no fly list” of Trump aides who had a reputation of showing up at meetings uninvited. Now, Manigault and a handful of others no longer have the ability to do so.
Helping to enforce the list is longtime Kelly aide Kirstjen Nielsen, who the Times describes as “brusque” and “no-nonsense.”
It is Ms. Nielsen who sends out the emails announcing internal policy and planning meetings that now contain a clipped addendum — “principals only” — with a stern warning that any subordinates who wander in will be immediately ejected.
Manigault first entered into Trump’s orbit as a contestant on his reality TV show The Apprentice. Although the Times describes her White House job as “ill-defined,” she currently serves as Trump’s chief adviser on African American issues — a role that made things awkward when she attacked the Congressional Black Caucus for refusing to meet with Trump, accusing them of “showboating.”
Coming to the table over and over again to work through these issues is the only effective way to get where they wanted to go,” Manigault said during an interview with Fox Business Network. “And instead, they’re showboating and they’re actually shorting out their constituents that they committed to represent by not coming to meet with the president.”
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