A controversial contestant ‘fired’ from Donald Trump’s reality television show, The Apprentice, has been appointed as a member of the president-elect’s transition team.
Omarosa Manigault is famed for having poured a glass of wine over British television personality Piers Morgan’s head during one heated episode of the business-themed reality show.
Ms Manigault, who prefers to be known by her first name only, will join Mr Trump’s family members and former Breitbart editor Stephen Bannon on the transition team.
— OMAROSA (@OMAROSA) January 5, 2017
She has been named the director of communications within the Office of Public Liaison.
Ms Manigault told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly that the appointment was a coup for black women.
“You are seeing a huge movement of African Americans to the GOP and I am one of them,” she said.
“Donald Trump wants to connect with Americans. He wants to hear what their issues are in their communities.”
Ms Manigault was fired during the first season of Mr Trump’s long-running reality show, only to be brought back during multiple subsequent seasons.
But this won’t be her first foray into politics – Ms Manigault served in former vice president Al Gore’s office during the Clinton administration.
The author and reality star reportedly voiced support for Barack Obama in 2012 and Donald Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton in 2014, before predicting Mr Trump would take out the presidency in 2016.
“[His critics] will have to bow down to President Trump,” she told Frontline earlier this year.
“It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”