Omarosa Manigault-Newman admitted Sunday that she was fired from the White House and did not resign as she claimed in a previous interview.
The ex-White House staffer and reality television star shared audio with NBC of the dramatic moment she was let go from her position in the Trump administration by Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Kelly says in the tape that she was being let go for ‘serious integrity violations’ that he did not detail yet said involved money and improper use of government vehicles. He can be heard denying a request for her to speak with president about her dismissal, which he said was non-negotiable.
Manigualt-Newman, nationally known by her first name, Omarosa, since her days on The Apprentice, claimed on Meet the Press that Kelly – who she taped in the Situation Room of the White House – threatened her reputation. He told her during the conversation it could get ‘ugly’ for her if she fought him on her exit.
‘I think it’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure we can all be, you know, you can look at, look at your time here in, in the White House as a year of service to the nation,’ the retired general said. ‘And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.’
She also explained in the interview that audio she says she heard of President Trump using the ‘n-word’ she tracked down after closing her new book, explaining a discrepancy in her account in the tell-all that she heard about the rumored tape and a subsequent claim on NPR that she personally listened to the audio.
‘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, but when he talks that way, the way he did on his tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist,’ she said on ‘Meet the Press.’
Among the explosive claims in the ‘MTP’ interview, her first television appearance since she was booted earlier this year from ‘Celebrity Big Brother,’ was that she was used by the president, who this time last year was under siege for his comments about a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended with the death of counter protester.
Omarosa expressed regret for aiding and abetting Trump, saying, ‘I was complicit with this White House in deceiving this nation.’
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Omarosa’s new charges. It had already taken her book on as riddled with falsehoods and lies.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway on Sunday offered a rebuttal to claims in the forthcoming book, including that President Trump used racially charged language in the White House.
‘He never said that to us in the White House, and I certainly have never heard it. But why didn’t she tell us at the time?’ Conway asked on ABC News. ‘She said no, he’s not a racist. She said I would not be there, and I wouldn’t be there, none of us would be there if that were true.’
President Trump personally called her a ‘lowlife’ on Saturday in response to a question from a reporter about the expose. ‘Lowlife. She’s a lowlife,’ the president responded.
The forthcoming tell-all took over the news cycle on Friday as her publicist began to parcel out excerpts and subjects of the book rushed to bat down Manigault-Newman’s allegations.
As the dramatics flared on Sunday, current and former White House officials flooded the airwaves to defend themselves and the president against Manigault-Newman’s attacks.
In some cases the author hasn’t helped her cause.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel blasted Manigault-Newman in a tweet that called the Situation Room recording a ‘national security’ threat.
The party committee’s Twitter account meanwhile said, ‘Omarosa will clearly say anything to make a buck. It’s obvious that no one should believe a word she says.’
Audio that aired on Sunday on ‘Meet the Press’ of her White House firing made clear that she did not resign from her position in December as she claimed in an appearance just after on ‘Good Morning America’ and the White House said in an official announcement.
The portion of the audio that she shared with NBC backs up her claim that she did not assail the White House chief of staff on her way out. That snippet did not encompass the entire conversation, though, and it does not disprove other claims from the time that she rushed the residence and was forcibly removed from the property.
In an appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday to promote ‘Unhinged,’ available to the public next Tuesday, Omarosa pushed unproven reports that outtake-tapes exist of the then-future president using the n-word ‘several times’ on the set of ‘The Apprentice.’
She writes in ‘Unhinged’ that three people told her they were aware of the existence of the recording, although she was not able to obtain the audio herself.
On Friday afternoon she told NPR that she herself heard the racial slur on tape and challenged a reporter who confronted her about the discrepancy to read her words more closely.
‘I heard the tape,’ Omarosa inisted in the radio interview.
The book describes her learning about it on the phone from a person she doesn’t name: ‘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.’
‘For over a year I’d been so afraid of hearing the specifics from someone who’d been in the room,’ Omarosa writes. ‘Hearing the truth freed me from that fear. And only now that it’s gone, do I realize just how heavy it’s been.’
She told NBC on Sunday that after she put her book to bed she had a chance to listen to that tape after tracking it down from a source who she says she met with in Los Angeles.
‘I heard his voice, as clear as you and I are sitting here,’ she told ‘MTP’ host Chuck Todd. ‘I have heard the tape.’
She says she cannot release the tape because it is not in her possession. It’s in the possession of a source she said is terrified to come forward.
Manigualt-Newman claimed that the topic came up on a conference call with fellow Trump aides in late 2016, and Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said that the GOP candidate definitely said it.
Todd says that Pierson denies the allegation, and Manigualt-Newman suggested she has a tape of the conversation.
Noted pollster Frank Luntz on Friday debunked a passage of the book where Omarosa claims she was told he had personally heard the rumored Trump ‘n-word’ audio.
‘I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word,’ Luntz wrote. ‘Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.’
Luntz continued: ‘It seems like certain book publishers these days care more about getting a release out than getting the facts down. This is why people don’t trust these “exposés,” which is especially bad for authors who actually are good and reliable.’
Manigault-Newman said Sunday that aside from the N-word tape, she had never heard Trump use a racial slur.
‘You know, I was in his presence when he said inappropriate things but he has never said the n-word in my presence. Ever,’ she acknowledged.
She told Todd that Trump has ‘probably’ uttered the slur about her, too, ‘because Donald Trump talks about everyone behind their back.’
‘I am pretty certain that he’s probably said some very derogatory things about me,’ she asserted. ‘In fact, yesterday, on this moment before Charlottesville, the anniversary of Charlottesville, instead of talking about how to unify the nation, he actually insulted me by calling me a “lowlife.”
Omarosa charged: ‘That is a man who is inclined to start racially charged engagement, and use race to kind of stir up his base.’
Conway told ABC on Sunday that she has ‘never a single time’ hear the president use a racial slur.
‘I also never heard Omarosa complain that he had done that. And so the only thing that’s changed is that she’s now selling books,’ the ex-campaign manager to the president said.
In a vicious assault on her former White House colleague, Conway compared Manigault-Newman to Judas Iscariot, saying, ‘I understand whether it’s 30 pieces of silver or a seven-figure book advance, people do change their loyalties and change their mind. But I would refer you to Omarosa’s own comments. Very glowing appraisal of this president’s work and this president’s work with respect to the African American community.’
Mangiault-Newman led the president’s African-American outreach in 2016.
She claimed in a memorable video that fall that when if the former ‘Apprentice’ host won the the White House, ‘Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump.’
After her dismissal, Manigault-Newman had a change of heart, writing in her book that she witnessed him slip into a serious ‘mental decline’ that was not apparent to people around him who had not known him for as long as she had.
They’d had a working relationship since Omarosa’s appearance on the first season of ‘The Apprentice,’ dating back more than a decade to 2003.
In her ‘Meet the Press’ interview, Omarosa doubled down on the charge and lobbed grenades at former colleagues like ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
She alleged that the president’s cronies ‘absolutely’ bought the ex-White House aide’s silence and tried to enter into a similar deal with her.
Spicer told DailyMail.com that he did not receive a paycheck from the Trump-supported America First PAC until June of this year, roughly 10 months after the conclusion of his White House tenure.
The former White House aide who’s on a promotion tour now for his own book detailing his time working with Trump, ‘The Briefing,’ said he signed a contract for the manuscript in December.
America First said later in a tweet: ‘Her compulsive lies are sick&sad! It’s clear that what she was fired for in the first place(lack of integrity)is still running wild in her world of make-believe!’
Pierson also denied Manigualt-Newman’s allegations from her, saying in a statement to DailyMail.com that she has ‘never heard President Trump ever use the derogatory language that Omarosa claims’ and that she ‘never confirmed the existence of an alleged tape from “The Apprentice” to her as she said today.’
‘That’s a complete fabrication by Omarosa,’ she said in the comment that said Trump in her experience has always been respectful to persons of color. ‘I feel pity for Omarosa as she embarrasses herself by creating salacious lies and distortions just to try to be relevant and enrich herself by selling books at the expense of the truth. “Unhinged,” indeed.’
President Trump refrained from taking to Twitter on Sunday, when had nothing on his schedule as a vacation at Bedminster, New Jersey, estate came to a close, to lace into Omarosa.
The White House fired a missile in Manigault-Newman’s direction on Friday following reporters that the book would accuse the president of uttering ‘several’ racial slurs.
‘Instead 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 Sanders said in a statement to reporters, throwing an unmistakably sharp elbow.
‘It’s 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.’
Omarosa, who launched her famous-for-being-famous career on the strength of her pugnacious persona on ‘The Apprentice,’ became an outspoken Trump critic only after she left her spokeswoman job at the White House’s Office of Public Liaison and began to shop for a book deal.
Because she has told contradictory stories about her knowledge of Trump’s purported racial slurs, it’s unclear whether she has knowledge of them at all.
She also writes that she personally witnessed the president using a pair of racial insults against senior aide Kellyanne Conway’s half-Filipino husband George.
‘Would you look at this George Conway article?’ she quotes Trump as saying, according to The Guardian. ‘F***ing FLIP! Disloyal! F***ing Goo-goo.’
George Conway dismissed the story as ‘absurd.’
‘The allegation is not credible, and indeed is ridiculous, particularly in light of the timing of her departure from the White House—December 12, 2017. It’s absurd all around,’ he tweeted.
It wasn’t until months later that he emerged as a steadfast and reliable Trump critic on Twitter despite his wife’s loyalty and devotion to the president.
It’s unclear what if anything might have set Trump off, but one of Mr. Conway’s earlier rhetorical slaps may provide a suggestion.
In a June 2017 tweet the Yale Law School grad berated the president for defending his travel ban, and said it would make it harder for the Office of Solicitor General to find 5 Supreme Court justices to green-light it.
‘These tweets may make some ppl feel better,’ he wrote, ‘but they certainly won’t help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters. Sad.’
A year later the high court did side with Trump on the divisive issue, by a 5-4 margin.
Omarosa’s spicy memoir includes other less incendiary but equally too-good-to-check anecdotes.
One is the charge that a tanning bed occupies space in the presidential residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and that President Trump caused a stink when he demanded one.
The Washington Post reported Friday that Omarosa wrote about how Trump fought over a tanning appliance with Angella Reid, then the White House’s ‘chief usher’ – a title held by the chief of the household staff.
Reid was dismissed in early May 2017, narrowing the timeframe in which the story could have unfolded.
But a former White House official employed in the West Wing during those months told DailyMail.com on Friday that ‘it never happened.’
‘Are you kidding me?’ asked one former aide who worked alongside Omarosa. ‘If that were true, he would have tweeted about it by now and challenged Putin to get one.’
The source, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, called the outspoken former colleague ‘Ponderosa,’ a derisive combination of her name and the word ‘ponderous.’
Separately, a current senior White House official told a ‘New York’ magazine reporter that ‘there is no tanning bed in there,’ and there has ‘never been any request’ for one.
Among the odder claims in ‘Unhinged’ is Omarosa’s insistence that presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump offered her a $15,000-per-month campaign job when she left the White House, along with an agreement not to talk publicly about Trump.
Omarosa describes that as a bid to silence her, but presidential campaign jobs typically come with such strings attached.
And she says she once saw the president chewing up a piece of paper after a meeting with lawyer Michael Cohen.
‘I saw him put a note in his mouth. Since Trump was ever the germaphobe, I was shocked he appeared to be chewing and swallowing the paper. It must have been something very, very sensitive,’ she writes in an excert given to The Washington Post.
As with many of her more pointed stories, White House aides flatly dnied it to the Post.
Omarosa’s unceremonious December 2017 firing will be a telling asterisk as she launches a media tour this weekend with an interview on the set of ‘Meet the Press.’
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly threw her overboard after he learned she was using the White House’s car service – meant for the use of outside VIP guests – as a personal pick-up and drop-off chauffeur for her daily commute.
She claims in her book that she was shown the door because senior aides believed she was close to getting her hands on an ‘n-word’ recording – even though her employment status would be of little consequence if she had found one.
According to Omarosa, she was contacted during the 2016 campaign by a source who claimed to have the recording.
‘By that point, three sources in three separate conversations had described the contents of this tape,’ she writes. ‘They all told me that President Trump hadn’t just dropped a single N-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of The Apprentice.’
She herself appeared in that season but doesn’t claim to have heard it.
‘I need to hear it for myself,’ Trump aide Hope Hicks said when she raised the issue, in Omarosa’s telling, asking her over and over for progress updates. The white-whale recording never materialized.
‘I was told exactly what Donald Trump said – yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant – and when he’s said them. During production he was miked, and there is definitely an audio track,’ she writes now.
Rumors of a buried Trump ‘n-word’ recording predate his 2015 entry into presidential politics, and his case won’t be helped by the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ tape of him bragging that famous men like him can easily take sexual liberties with unwilling women.
Omarosa’s personal smartphone recordings of Trump feature ordinary chatter, suggesting that she didn’t witness him saying anything at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that was explosive or damning enough to make news.
But the tell-all book will infuriate the president, who reacted with anger when it was revealed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen recorded some of their conversations.
Omarosa describes an attempt by herself and Ivanka Trump to rid the White House of leakers. Short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci led the effort.
‘Along with his comms directorship, Scaramucci had a secondary job. He was apparently the hired hit man,’ Manigault writes, according to the Daily Beast.
‘Very low-key, Ivanka [Trump] went around to the original Trumpers, the loyal soldiers, and asked the team to compile a list of suspected leakers. I’d already said my piece about [deputy chief of staff] Katie Walsh directly to Donald, and she’d been let go. But Ivanka wanted a new list and, once she had it, she would give it to Scaramucci, so he could fire them all. The final list that was texted to me on July 22 had ten names on it.’
She lists those staff as: Vanessa Morrone, Lindsay Walters, Janet Montesi, Raj Shah, Kelly Sadler, Lara Barger, Ory Rinat, Kate Karnes, Michael Short, and Jessica Ditto.
A White House official with knowledge of situation alleged in comments to DailyMail.com that since Scaramucci needed to come up with a list of names, he arbitrarily chose staffers – no matter their seniority or access – who had worked at the Republican National Committee.
Not all of them were RNC alumni, however, including Ditto.
Scaramucci was fired after 11 days.
Trump has been flattering of Omarosa in the past, while acknowledging her tough reputation.
‘Honest Omarosa: she won’t backstab-she’ll come at you from the front,’ he tweeted on March 10, 2013.
And he wrote a few days earlier on March 3: ‘I’ll always like @Omarosa because she constantly defends me.’
Finally, on March 3 he wrote: ‘Are people really afraid of @Omarosa. Would you be?’
In an exclusive excerpt obtained by DailyMail.com, Omarosa, 44, tells of the dread she felt while watching Trump’s May 2017 interview with Lester Holt.
‘While watching the interview I realized that something real and serious was going on in Donald’s brain. His mental decline could not be denied,’ she writes.
‘Many didn’t notice it as keenly as I did because I knew him way back when. They thought Trump was being Trump, off the cuff. But I knew something wasn’t right.’
‘For the Lester Holt interview, I watched it on a small TV in the upper press room (the lower press room was built on top of the old swimming pool and turned into the briefing room) by the press secretary’s office,’ she writes.
‘Throughout this erratic and contradictory interview, I kept thinking, ‘Oh no! Oh no! This is bad!
‘Donald rambled. He spoke gibberish. He contradicted himself from one sentence to the next.’