Trump Fires Back at Former Staffer Omarosa Manigault

Brenda Watkins
August 14, 2018

President Donald Trump was accused by his former White House aide and "The Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault of using a horribly racist word, and he directly addressed the claim on Monday.

Manigault Newman has released several audio recordings from her time as a Trump assistant at the White House, including one with the president in which he said nobody told him she had been fired.

In her book, Newman said tapes exist of Trump using the N-word while he filmed The Apprentice.

Newman said she wanted to give Trump the "benefit of the doubt", that she had a "blind spot" for the president, given their history working together on the reality TV show The Apprentice.

On December 12, 2017, at approximately 11:30PM (EST) - a date I now know to be the evening Omarosa was relieved of her official duties by General Kelly - I received a telephone call from her informing me that she had personally heard a second-hand recording of President Trump using the "N-word" in a derogatory fashion.

She says the discussion, with White House chief of staff John Kelly, took place in the highly-secured Situation Room.

As NBC's Savannah Guthrie prodded in some very good back-and-forth with Manigault Newman: "Is [Trump] lying?" He's not fooling anyone, is he?" he asked, before adding, "She's saying he's mentally declined. She claims first lady Melania has often taken subtle swipes at her husband through the clothes she wears.

Patton: "I said, 'Well, sir, can you think of anytime where this happened?' And he said, 'no'".

"I wonder if he did this to people who got fired from 'The Apprentice, '" Noah said.

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Trump insisted, "I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have".

In a Sunday NBC interview, Manigault Newman said that other former staffers are being similarly "bought off" through these agreements, she said.

After the recordings were made public, Trump lashed out her on Twitter, calling her "Wacky Omarosa". At the same time, she seems to believe the White House could plan on making life hard for her. For example, Trump's former personal aide John McEntee, who was removed from his job in April, went to the campaign.

Yet Manigault Newman recorded away.

Omarosa then chose to play producer and end the interview, saying, "You know that we have an interview right after this". It should be pointed out that during the time of the call, the participants said they had not actually heard the tape. She recorded the conversation when she was sacked and subsequently released that audio recording. After only a few questions, she says, "Savannah, slow down".

"I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me - until she got fired!" "I wonder if she is recording some of the things that we've talked about as well", he told Fox News' "Fox & Friends".

Manigault Newman says she considered the statement a "threat".

Manigault-Newman also noted in the MSNBC interview that Bill Pruitt, a producer on the show who previously teased that "there are far worse" incriminating tapes, was in possession of the tapes that contain the alleged remarks.

"I was not signed to a non-disclosure agreement to hush me up", Lotter said.

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