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Matt Linden

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Manigault Newman’s interview came just one day after counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway struggled to name prominent African-American staffers who work in Trump’s White House in an interview with ABC News.

Host Jon Karl asked Conway for the name of any top African-American staffer since Manigault Newman’s departure.

Conway pointed to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson, but Karl pressed her to name someone who works in the White House.

Former White House aide Marc Short appeared on ABC after Conway and identified the staffer as Ja’Ron Smith, who he said works in the East Wing. Smith’s LinkedIn profile lists his title as Director of Urban Affairs and Revitalization.

“(He’s) done a fabulous job and … he’s been very involved with Jared Kushner and President Trump on prison reform. He’s been there from the beginning,” Conway said, adding that he works in an office in the Executive Office Building.

“But not in the West Wing,” Karl said. “What does that say to have not a single senior advisor in the West Wing who’s African American?”

“I didn’t say that there wasn’t, but hold on,” Conway said, as Karl pressed again for a name. “There are plenty of people.”

Conway then shifted focus, saying the administration’s valuing of minorities can be seen in “the actions of the president,” and that the staff has “a number of different minorities.”

Manigault Newman’s memoir on her time as an adviser in the Trump White House, “Unhinged“, is set to be released Tuesday.

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