Secret audio? In Trump world, there’s always a tape

Carla Harmon
August 14, 2018

In another recording that Manigault Newman says was taken the next day, Trump can be heard saying he was surprised and disappointed that she was leaving the White House: "Nobody even told me about it ..."

According to Omarosa, the former model made that move to hurt and humiliate Donald who often takes wild decisions and makes weird comments. But it's the one we get: the one to take hold of a weekend news cycle, to force a reexamination of the president's racist and dishonest tendencies, to have the nation on the edge of their seat as they ponder, What does she know? Manigault was hired and then quickly fired by the White House.

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In July, the newspaper reported that Manigault Newman landed a seven-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster, a subsidiary of CBS. If a new recording released by Omarosa Manigault Newman is authentic, at the very least some of his aides spitballed a spin strategy if one ever emerged. She had also defended Trump against accusations of racism.

Omarosa Manigault at Trump Tower in NY on December 13, 2016.

Trump on Tuesday called Manigault Newman, who is African-American, a "dog".

Manigault Newman says she has more recordings.

In her book, "Unhinged", Manigault Newman claims the Trump campaign was aware of the existence of the tape.

"Savannah, slow down", was Manigault-Newman's response.

"I think it's important to understand that if we can make this a friendly departure we can all be, you know, 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", Kelly said on the tape.

Today's briefing will undoubtedly gravitate around the increasingly-hot spat between Trump and former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.

Asked if the book can be backed up by email or recordings, Manigault Newman said on CBS that every quote in the book "can be verified, corroborated and it's well documented", suggesting she may have more information to release.

The Situation Room is used by the president and his advisers to manage the nation's most important and secret foreign policy decisions and military actions. The former reality star also said even if the president had used the slur, it wouldn't impact his base.

However the damage, if any, may have already been done to the President, Prof O'Connor said.

"Anything Mueller would like to see?" he pressed her.

Ms Maingault is now promoting a book called Unhinged - which Ms Manigault-Newman claims will "blow the whistle" on alleged corruption within the Trump administration. Given the dearth of Black people in Trump's inner circle (can you name another?), a lot of attention has been paid to Manigault Newman's skin color, and not almost enough to how often - and well - the political chameleon has changed her colors. Those words came in a speech before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, in which Kennedy supported the right of a free press to criticize his administration while working together to protect national security.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from the Associated Press, Reuters and other sources.

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