Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman mentioned Sunday she secretly recorded conversations she had within the White Home, together with her firing by chief of workers John Kelly within the high-security State of affairs Room. It was a extremely uncommon admission, which instantly drew hearth from allies of the president.
Elements of her dialog with Kelly have been performed on the air throughout an look on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to advertise her new ebook, “Unhinged,” which shall be launched subsequent week.
In it, she paints a damning image of President Donald Trump, together with claiming with out proof that tapes exist of him utilizing the N-word as he filmed his “The Apprentice” actuality collection, on which she co-starred.
Manigault Newman mentioned within the ebook that she had not personally heard the recording. However she informed Chuck Todd on Sunday that, after the ebook had closed, she was in a position to hear a recording of Trump throughout a visit to Los Angeles.
“I heard his voice as clear as you and I are sitting right here,” she mentioned on the present.
However the different recording she mentioned Sunday might show equally explosive.
“Who of their proper thoughts thinks it is acceptable to secretly file the White Home chief of workers within the State of affairs Room?” tweeted Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican Nationwide Committee.
The State of affairs Room is a Delicate Compartmented Info Facility, or SCIF, and workers should not permitted to usher in cell telephones or different recording units.
Within the recording performed on air, and which Manigault Newman quotes within the ebook, Kelly may be heard saying she will take a look at her time on the White Home as a yr of “service to the nation” and referring to potential “issue sooner or later relative to your status.”
Manigault Newman mentioned she seen the remark as a “menace” and defended her determination to covertly file it and different White Home conversations, describing it as a type of safety.
“If I did not have these recordings, nobody in America would imagine me,” she mentioned.
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to the tape, however has tried to discredit the ebook. White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders known as it “riddled with lies and false accusations” and Trump on Saturday labeled Manigault Newman a “lowlife.”
White Home counselor Kellyanne Conway additionally questioned Manigault Newman’s credibility in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
“The primary time I ever heard Omarosa recommend these terrible issues about this president are on this ebook,” she mentioned, noting Manigault Newman “is someone who gave a glowing appraisal of Donald Trump the businessman, the star of the ‘The Apprentice,’ the candidate and, certainly, the president of the USA.”
Conway mentioned that, in her greater than two years working with Trump, she has by no means heard him use a racial slur about anybody.
Manigault Newman had certainly been a staunch defender of the president for years, together with pushing again, because the highest-profile African-American within the White Home, on accusations that he was racist.
However Manigault Newman now says she was “used” by Trump for years, calling him a “con” who “has been masquerading as somebody who is definitely open to participating with numerous communities” and is “actually a racist.”
“I used to be complicit with this White Home deceiving this nation,” she mentioned. “I had a blind spot the place it got here to Donald Trump.”
On the anniversary of the lethal gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Manigault Newman informed Todd that Trump makes use of race to “fire up his base” and does not have the flexibility to deliver the nation collectively “as a result of he places himself over nation daily.”