In wake of critical book, Trump calls ex-staffer ‘a lowlife’

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2018

On Sunday, Manigault Newman released an audio recording, aired on Meet the Press, which she claimed she made in 2017 when White House chief of staff John Kelly fired her, saying she had recorded the exchange because she was trying to "protect" herself.

Manigault Newman also wrote in the book she was offered $15,000 a month contract to sign a nondisclosure agreement after she was sacked from the White House a year ago, which she said she turned down.

"You have to have your own back, because otherwise you'll look back and see 17 knives in your back", she said of her decision to record conversations in the White House. 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.

And Manigault Newman put some of the problems she described on stark display Sunday, surfacing a tape she surreptitiously recorded in the White House Situation Room.

"We want to talk to you about leaving the White House", Kelly said, as he cited integrity issues for her leaving.

The former White House aide, who was promoting her new tell-all memoir, told Chuck Todd, "It is hindsight". While writing the book, "three separate sources" had "described the same exact statements", she said.

Manigault Newman served as special assistant to the president, and was tasked with outreach to the African American community. The Situation Room is the inner sanctum of the White House.

The Washington Post reported that that after being fired, Omarosa declined a $15,000-a-month job offer from Trump's campaign, which included a nondisclosure agreement stating that she could not make disparaging comments about the campaign, Trump, Vice President Pence, their families, any Trump or Pence family company or asset.

"People now understand that she has a lot", a former White House official said.

Manigault told NBC host Chuck Todd that she took that as a threat.

'Who there is in the White House staff right now, ' Karl then asked again.

Manigault Newman worked in the White House for almost a year as an assistant to the president and the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. On Saturday, Trump called Manigault Newman a "lowlife".

"No. I don't think he's fit", she said. "And now she writes a book and all of a sudden she's like an oracle".

She added it confirms "that he is truly a racist".

"I was complicit and for that I regret", the former Apprentice contestant said.

"What I can tell you is the thought of doing something like that to a fellow employee, not to mention the leader of the free world, is completely disgraceful", he said.

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