White House paranoia deepens after Omarosa tapes

Oscar Cross
August 14, 2018

The former White House aide, who had previously been a contestant on Trump's reality television show The Apprentice, shared the recording as part of her promotional tour for her new book about her stint in the White House, Unhinged.

Manigault-Newman also taped Trump sounding surprised on the phone after being informed of her firing at Kelly's behest. "You're the "You're fired" guy, and you're too scared to tell Omarosa she's fired?"

Asked whether she believed that at the time, Newman said she just "kind of stepped back" and wanted to see whether Clinton and her people were behind the birther movement.

Manigault-Newman, the former communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison, claimed she heard Trump saying racially derogatory remarks, specifically the N-word, "multiple times" in a three-minute recording. Trump denied that in a tweet late Monday night, saying "there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a bad and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa". "I think it's a low bar for the president of the United States to simply say he's against racism. Goddamn it. I don't love you leaving at all". On Monday, he said he spoke to "Apprentice" producer Mark Burnett and said no tapes exist of him using "that word".

The White House and Trump have pounced on the discrepancy and her reputation as someone who seeks the spotlight in a bid to discredit her. Hogan Gidley, deputy press secretary, said media outlets never took her seriously until she released the tapes. But the tapes' mere existence confirmed a longstanding reality: in Trump's White House, there are few norms or expectations of decorum that can not be shattered. She appeared in a number of spinoffs in the years following. This prompted Tapper to ask: "If she's so horrific, what was she doing in the White House in the first place?"

Mr. Trump came to office vowing to hire "only the best people" - but has struggled to put a lid on leaks, incompetence, backbiting and scandal inside his White House.

"Just having him call me out of my name, call me a lowlife, say that I'm not intelligent, this is what he does when it comes to African-Americans", she said. "She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok".

He confirmed to me (before Hardball had even gone off the air) that he does NOT have an audio tape of President Trump using the "N-word" and has NEVER had an audio tape of President Trump using the "N-word".

In interviews Monday, Manigault claimed she had other recordings from her time at the White House and that she was willing to share them with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign. She has defended her decision to secretly record it and says she has recorded additional White House conversations that she might be releasing as well.

Several senior aides said Monday that they doubted Manigault Newman was the only person taping her conversations at work.

But the campaign official said the onetime Trump booster, now the president's sworn enemy, had already signed a almost identical one a year and a half earlier.

Paraphrasing Manigault-Newman's telling of the story, the Post reported that campaign adviser Lara Trump offered her 'a job and the monthly contract in exchange for her silence'. Richard Painter, White House ethics czar for George W. Bush, said the NDAs "aren't worth the paper they are printed on". "They want me out there talking more".

"Oh, I have plenty", she replied.

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