( Politico ) When Omarosa Manigault, the former “Celebrity Apprentice” antihero-turned-White House adviser, needs to talk to President Donald Trump, she simply strolls into the Oval Office.
As assistant to the president and director of communications for the office of public liaison, Manigault enjoys what Trump aides refer to as walk-in privileges — meaning she doesn’t need an appointment or permission to pop her head in and consult with the leader of the free world.
Her level of easy access marks a break from the previous administration, where President Barack Obama and his gatekeeper chiefs of staff kept at bay the number of aides, even senior officials, who simply walked in without an appointment. In contrast, Trump may have set up the most accessible Oval Office in modern history.
…..But this is how Trump, 70, has always worked. At his office in Trump Tower, former staffers said, it was rare the boss would not welcome an aide into his 26th-floor office.
Trump wrote about his open-door policy in “The Art of the Deal” — on the first page. “Most people are surprised by the way I work,” he wrote. “I play it very loose. … I try not to schedule too many meetings. I leave my door open. … I prefer to come to work each day and just see what develops.”
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