White House adviser and former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday after she said that she had a “good relationship” with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and would “look forward to a meeting with him.”
Manigault, the communications director of the White House’s Office of Public Liaison, made her remarks in an interview with Chicago talk-radio station WVON. “I think any of your audience would know that I’ve never shied away from having an open, and I believe a good, relationship with Louis Farrakhan,” Manigault said. “I would look forward to receiving that invitation and sitting down with him.”
Farrakhan has a decades-long history of making controversial remarks about Jews. In March, he urged President Trump to “extricate” himself from “being controlled” by Jews like his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
“Louis Farrakhan should not be made to feel welcome by anyone in the White House,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. “Such an overture would only serve to legitimize his long record of conspiratorial and hateful views toward Jews. We hope that the administration will make it clear that Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic organization will find no supporters in the White House.”