Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks April Ryan hit back on Thursday at claims she has a “personal vendetta” against ousted White House aide — and former contestant on Season 1 of “The Apprentice” — Omarosa Manigault.
Manigault was fired in a dramatic scene at the White House on Tuesday night, but has since claimed that reports of her “shouting profanities” and setting off the alarms in the White House residence are false and attributed them to Ryan, who she said has a personal grudge against her.
“Well I’ve been doing this for 20 years at the White House, been in the business for 30,” Ryan said on CNN Thursday morning, “and I’ve been covering any and all things presidential because that’s what a White House correspondent does, listens to sources inside the White House and outside of the White House.”
“One thing is for sure,” she said, “be it Republican or Democrat, some may not have liked what I reported, but I’ve never had anyone say there’s been a personal vendetta. I’ve heard Republicans say I’m fair and I’ve heard Democrats say I’m fair. I’m doing my job.”
Ryan went on to point out that multiple media outlets including the Washington Post have corroborated her reporting about Manigault’s firing.
“I’m continuing to hear information from all sides, credible sources,” she said. “And I’m not the only one. I may have broken the story, but CBS, ABC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, I’m not the only one.”
“I have no vendetta,” Ryan said plainly. “I’m a reporter who is covering the beat.”
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