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White House’s Omarosa Manigault jeered during panel talk

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Omarosa Manigault, Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump and his wife Lara Trump and first lady Melania Trump sit to the side of the stage as President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
Omarosa Manigault, Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump and his wife Lara Trump and first lady Melania Trump sit to the side of the stage as President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

NEW ORLEANS – White House official Omarosa Manigault-Newman clashed with a veteran news anchor during a panel discussion on policing in black communities held at the largest gathering of black journalists in the country.

The director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison was a late addition to the Friday afternoon panel at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans.

Her conversation with anchor Ed Gordon became testy when he attempted to question Manigault-Newman on President Donald Trump’s policies around policing in communities of color. Trump recently said some police officers are too courteous to suspects when arresting them.

The conversation quickly escalated into a tense exchange before Manigault-Newman, a former “Apprentice” contestant, left the stage. Several people in the audience, which included non-journalists, turned their backs in protest during the discussion.