White House adviser Omarosa Manigault said Thursday she and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan have had a "good relationship" and said she would happily meet with him.
"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 told Chicago talk-radio station WVON during a Thursday morning interview. "I would look forward to receiving that invitation and sitting down with him."
Farrakhan has led the Nation of Islam since the late 1970s.
The left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center says the group "is based on a somewhat bizarre and fundamentally anti-white theology" and calls Farrakhan "an anti-Semite who routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of world power."
President Trump was praised by Farrakhan for not cozying up to Jewish donors. In a 2016 sermon, he lauded Trump for being "the only man ... that stood in front of some members of the Jewish community and told them 'I don't want your money.'" The Anti-Defamation League criticized him for joining "a list of extremists praising Donald Trump" following those remarks.
Manigault, a former reality television star, defended her decision saying much of her role involves reaching out to the African-American community.
"It's not just about politics for me. You have to answer for everything that you do to God one day," she said. "This, for me, is not politics. I get to see the impact of these policies on a daily basis. But I can't fight by myself, y'all. And so the folks, the leadership have to come to the table and voice their concerns to be heard."