Donald Trump Names 'Apprentice' Contestant Omarosa Director of African-American Outreach

Donald Trump has added former 'Apprentice' contestant Omarosa to his campaign team as director of African-American outreach.

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Donald Trump has made his second big campaign move within the past couple of days—he recently picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice president—by naming former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault as his director of African-American outreach. Manigault, better known just as Omarosa, announced the news Monday in an interview with MSNBC ahead of the Republican National Convention.

"I am the director of African-American outreach for Donald Trump. I am proud to serve in that role," Manigault, former Vice Chair of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, said. 

Soon after the announcement she was asked about Trump polling at zero percent with African-American voters in both Pennsylvania and Ohio, Manigault's home state. She immediately refuted the polls saying just yesterday she spent time with African Americans who are Trump supporters like herself.

"My reality is I'm surrounded by people who want to see Donald Trump as the next president of the United States who are African American," said Manigault.

When asked why she responded by saying Trump has an "incredible vision for the U.S." That vision, as voters have come to understand, will include things such as a wall between Mexico and the U.S. to keep immigrants out and a Muslim ban.

She said Trump is "focused on improving the economic conditions of African Americans" noting how the unemployment rate in the African-American community is at its highest.

"It is a very difficult time for our country, but the good thing I know is that I know Donald Trump at his heart…and I know what he can do in that role," she said.

Manigault has known Trump for 13 years ever since she competed in the first season of his reality show The Apprentice. From there Manigault went on to become one of the biggest reality TV villains on shows like the The Surreal Life and elsewhere.

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