Posted: August 13, 2018
By Cox Media Group National Content Desk
President Donald Trump slammed former White House aide and “Apprentice” alum Omarosa Manigault Newman on Monday after she released audio clips that she claims were recorded during interactions with President Donald Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 9:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 13: According to the Associated Press, Trump said he received a phone call from Mark Burnett, the producer of “The Apprentice” assuring him that no tapes exist of him using the N-word, as former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman claims.
.@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
....such wonderful and powerful things about me - a true Champion of Civil Rights - until she got fired. Omarosa had Zero credibility with the Media (they didn’t want interviews) when she worked in the White House. Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her. Fake News!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Manigault Newman writes in her new memoir that she’d heard such tapes existed. She now says she listened to one after the book closed.
Update 10:25 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to blame the media for his attacks on Manigault Newman, writing that “the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible.”
While I know it’s “not presidential” to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
Manigault Newman served as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison until January, when reports surfaced that she was "physically dragged" from the White House. Secret Service officials later denied Manigault Newman was physically removed from the premises.
She was one of Trump's most prominent African-American supporters. The president thanked her in February during an event for African-American History Month, saying that she was "very special."
"I want to thank my television star over here," Trump said at the Feb. 1 event, referencing Manigault Newman's time on his reality show competition, "The Apprentice."
Update 10 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: Trump slammed “Wacky Omarosa” Monday morning after the former White House aide released audio clips of calls she said were made with Trump and Kelly.
“Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time,” the president said Monday in a tweet. “She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard really bad things.”
Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
...really bad things. Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me - until she got fired!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
Update 7:28 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: “Apprentice” alum Omarosa Manigault Newman has released an audio clip that she says was taken during a phone call with President Donald Trump the day after she was fired from her White House job in December.
According to NBC News, the recording seems to indicate that Trump did not know White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had fired Newman the day before.
“Omarosa, what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving. What happened?” a man, purportedly Trump, says in the clip.
He later adds: “Nobody even told me about it. You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it. I didn’t know that. [Expletive] it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”
>> Listen to the clip here (WARNING: Audio includes profanity.)
#Breaking: @OMAROSA provides @NBCNews with this exclusive excerpt of a recording of a phone call that she says she received from President Trump the day after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her. pic.twitter.com/OJe47RdcDC— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 13, 2018
Original report: "Apprentice" alum Omarosa Manigault Newman claims that she taped the moment she was fired from her job as an adviser to President Donald Trump – and released the audio to NBC's "Meet the Press."
On Sunday, the news show aired the clips, which Newman said were taken in the White House Situation Room as Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her in December.
"It's come to my attention over the last few months that there's been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues," a man, purportedly Kelly, can be heard saying in the recording.
He later adds: "I think it's important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure ... you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation, and then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation."
Newman told "Meet the Press" that she believed the latter was a threat.
"He goes on to say that 'things can get ugly for you,'" said Newman, whose book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," hits stores Tuesday. "The chief of staff of the United States, under the direction of the president of the United States, threatening me on damage to my reputation and things getting ugly for me – that's downright criminal."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement Sunday night condemning Newman's actions.
"The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee," Sanders said.
CNN reported that electronic devices such as cellphones are not allowed in the Situation Room.
White House officials are exploring "legal options" to prevent Newman from sharing more audio, ABC News reported Sunday evening.
The Associated Press contributed to these reports
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Omarosa Manigault Newman’s much-teased-about book on her time in the Trump White House will be released in August.
Newman, who first emerged in the public eye as a contestant on the first season of “The Apprentice” in 2004, worked as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison under President Donald Trump. She announced her resignation in December.
At the time of her announcement that she was leaving, reports emerged that Newman had been fired, but she has denied those claims.
“Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned fifteen years—through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history,” a news release said. “But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.”
Newman teased her tell-all book while competing on “Celebrity Big Brother” after leaving the White House. She also indicated something was coming while speaking with the press after announcing she was leaving the Trump administration.
Gallery Books had few details on the content of the book, but is billing it as “a stunning tell-all and takedown from a strong, intelligent woman who took every name and number.”
“Unhinged” will be released Aug. 14.
Omarosa Manigault Newman, who formerly served as assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison under Donald Trump, is back in the headlines after her unceremonious exit from the White House in December.
On Thursday, Gallery Books announced the August 14 release of a tell-all book from Manigault Newman. “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” promises to reveal a “jaw-dropping” account of the corruption and chaos in the White House.
Though White House officials have downplayed Manigault Newman’s association with Trump, the limited details about the book emphasize her 15-year relationship with the president including four television shows, the presidential campaign and her short term of service in the White House.
Now that their relationship has come to a “decisive and definitive end,” Manigault Newman, 44, a reality star-turned-chaplain, offers nearly 400 pages telling her side of the story and she claims to have taken names and numbers.
She says she saw things that made her uncomfortable.
Manigault Newman dropped hints earlier this year that a book was coming but the publisher’s surprise announcement revealed it is finished and ready to hit shelves next month.
Given her not-so-positive comments about the Trump administration during her appearance this spring on CBS’s Celebrity Big Brother, the tell-all is probably not a very flattering portrayal of the White House.
Manigault Newman isn’t the first former White House employee to release a book. The announcement of Manigault Newman’s book came just days after the official release of a memoir by former press secretary Sean Spicer. “The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President,” (Regnery Publishing, $28) is 100 pages shorter than Manigault Newman’s book and recently made headlines when a heckler in New York called the book and the author “garbage.” On Wednesday, Spicer’s appearance at a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Massachusetts was canceled because of the political climate.
Maybe that explains why Gallery Publishing has kept Manigault Newman’s book under wraps.
Manigault Newman has previously written a self-help book advising women on when and how to be assertive as well as an art book co-written with her mother, Theresa Manigault.
When she’s not writing books or doing other things, Manigault Newman is serving in pastoral ministry at The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Her husband, John Allen Newman, whom she married in 2017, serves as senior pastor.
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