Omarosa says she secretly taped her White House firing, plays audio

Danny Woods
August 12, 2018

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer pushed back on Omarosa Manigault Newman's allegation that he was paid to say nice things about President Trump in his new book.

The former reality TV star made the announcement during a "Meet the Press" interview on Sunday with NBC's Chuck Todd, who played the recording.

Manigault Newman does not specify in her book, which is due to be released on Tuesday, whether she heard Trump using the slur or whether she saw footage of him using it.

In the book, Manigault Newman claims without evidence that tapes exist of Trump using the N-word repeatedly on the reality show's set.

She said Sunday that she had since heard it personally after the publication of the book.

After getting axed from her White House post, she said she got a job offer from Trump's re-election campaign, which came with a caveat - she would have to sign a non-disclosure agreement that included a "no disparagement" clause.

FILE PHOTO: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault attend a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3 2016.

On the recording, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly can be heard talking to Omarosa in the Situation Room.

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Omarosa was best known for her appearances on "The Apprentice" and its sister shows starring then-businessman Donald Trump.

"I protected myself because this is a White House where everybody lies; the president lies to the American people, Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] stands in front of the country and lies every single day", she said.

"The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division", he wrote.

"On this phone conversation, I was told exactly what Donald Trump said - yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant - and when he'd said them".

"Being used by Donald Trump for so long I was like the frog in hot water".

The president was slammed last year for saying that there was "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides" in the wake of the rally, which left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead.

Manigault told the site Trump "wants to start a race war", and added, "he's succeeding".

The former Apprentice contestant has been on the warpath ever since she was forced out, and the level of damage she might do to the Trump administration, armed with appear to be several secret recordings, remains to be seen. In his bid to bring order to a fractious West Wing, Kelly had earlier imposed stricter rules about who had access to the President, a move that senior officials said limited Manigault Newman's time in the Oval Office.

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