White House struggles to name a single senior African-American working in the West Wing
a senior adviser to President Trump, could not name a single senior official working today in the West Wing who is African-American.
by Kristen Welker / Aug.12.2018 / 7:11 PM ET
WASHINGTON — Seven months after Omarosa Manigault Newman
departed the Trump administration under a cloud, the White House struggled on Sunday to identify any African-American serving in a senior role in the West Wing.
After two days of questions to communications officials from NBC News, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that Henry Childs II, a Commerce Department official on loan to the White House’s Office of Public Liaison since May, is carrying out many of the duties Manigault Newman had as an assistant to the president and director of communications for that office.
Separately, Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, could not name a single senior official working today in the West Wing who is African-American. Pressed by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an interview on “This Week,” Conway at first pointed to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who does not work at the White House.