OMAROSA VIOLATED FEDERAL TREASON LAWS BY BUGGING THE WHITE HOUSE
SITUATION ROOM. SECRET SERVICE MAY BE CONSIDERING ARREST
— Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said Sunday that she
has personally heard a tape of President Donald Trump using the N-word
during filming for NBC's "The Apprentice," a revelation she says
"confirmed that he is truly a racist."
made the charge during
an exclusive interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," days
before the release on Tuesday of her new book, "Unhinged: An Insider’s
Account of the Trump White House." In the book, Newman describes
hearing about the tape but not hearing it herself.
She said Sunday that she personally listened to it after her book had gone
said she had "heard for two years that it existed, and once I heard it for
myself, it was confirmed, what I feared the most: That Donald Trump is a
con and has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging
with diverse communities."
added: "But when he talks that way, the way he did on this tape, it
confirmed that he is truly a racist."
didn't specify when exactly the tape was from, but said that it was from
Trump's time hosting the show and spinoffs through early 2015.
described herself as being "complicit" in the White House's deception of
the American people and her about its interest in advocating for the black
is hindsight. But I will say this to you, I was complicit with this White
House deceiving this nation," she said.
continue to deceive this nation by how mentally declined he is," she said,
"how difficult it is for him to process complex information. How he is not
engaged in some of the most important decisions that impacts our country.
I was complicit, and for that I regret."
also provided "Meet the Press" with an audio recording she said was made
in 2017 when White House chief of staff John Kelly fired her. In it, Kelly
argued that there have been "significant integrity issues" that prompted
him to fire her. She claimed the recording was made when Kelly took her
into the Situation Room, a specially secure room where the president and
his top aides address major national security crises, and where personal
cell phones are not allowed. Newman also said it was the only meeting she
had with Kelly during her time at the White House.
the video, the voice Newman claims belongs to Kelly accused her of "some
pretty serious integrity violations," and he said he hopes she can make
"this a friendly departure."
her interview Sunday, Newman said she shared the audio of the meeting to
"protect" herself from disparaging reports about her departure that she
said were untrue.
News and other outlets reported
at the time that Newman had been escorted out of
the White House after she tried to enter the presidential residence in
response to hearing she'd been fired.
framed the newly released audio as proof of her story and that Kelly put
her in an uncomfortable situation after "trying to find a reason to let me
take me into the Situation Room, the doors are locked, they tell me I
can't leave and they start to threaten me, put fear in me, to put me under
duress," she said.
protected myself because this is a White House where everybody lies; the
president lies to the American people, [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee
stands in front of the country and lies every single day. You have to have
your own back or else you'll look back and you'll have 17 knives in your
pushed back further against the framing of her dismissal by calling on the
White House to release her personnel file to clear up what exactly
happened. She compared the narrative surrounding her departure to that of
former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who left after accusations
of domestic abuse.
Porter is accused of allegedly abusing his wives," she said. "And you know
what John Kelly said about Rob Porter? He said he was a man of great
integrity. And he's accusing me of integrity violations?"
said she would love for the White House to release her personnel files.
"I'm saying it right now: Release it so that the American people can see
that I worked my butt off to make a difference in this country and they
were working for ways to frame me."
has also claimed the Trump campaign offered her a job in exchange for
signing a restrictive non-disclosure agreement to keep her from speaking
critically about her time with the campaign and the White House. Newman
provided what she said were copies of those agreements to "Meet the
White House and Trump allies have blasted Newman's account as false in
of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his
administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous, this book is
riddled with lies and false accusations," White House press secretary
Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Friday.
sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off
these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a
platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things
to say about the President during her time in the administration.”
Saturday, Trump blasted Newman as a "lowlife" in response to questions
from reporters about her claims.
Newman pushed back against her critics by arguing that she can
substantiate her claims in the book.
have documentation, a whole treasure-trove of documentation for everything
you see in this book," she said.
interview marked the start of Newman's publicity tour for her forthcoming
book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House." She will
also appear Monday morning on NBC's "Today."