Spicer says Omarosa's claim he was paid to laud Trump is bogus
Aug 13 2018
At an event on August 11 President Donald Trump told reporters "She's a lowlife", when asked about Newman, who first rose to prominence on "The Apprentice" series.
At one point on the recording, she asks Kelly if President Donald Trump is aware of what's happening.
He added that Manigault Newman had top secret clearance at a minimum, and she may have broken the law by recording her conversation in the Situation Room - what's supposed to be the most secure place in the White House. In a subsequent interview, she changed her story to say that she had heard Trump utter that word, a reversal that highlighted her not-exactly-sterling level of credibility. "It's a threat. He went on to say that, 'Things could get ugly you.' ..."
"If I didn't have these recordings, no one in America would believe me", she said. "I was complicit in it, for that I regret".
Omarosa needs a lawyer-she made a recording of the White House Chief of Staff in a classified area called a SCIF.
On Sunday, "Meet the Press" aired a audio of a conversation Newman said was surreptitiously recorded of White House chief of staff John Kelly firing her.
With the release of those tapes, the internet was left breathless.
As Todd read quote after quote over several years in which Newman defended Trump in public, she said she had played a role in selling the administration's version of reality to the public, calling herself "totally complicit".
In her book, Manigault Newman paints a damning picture of President Donald Trump, including claiming without evidence that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed his "The Apprentice" reality series, on which she co-starred.
Manigault Newman also reportedly secretly recorded Trump, then used those recordings as leverage while shopping her book.
Manigault Newman served as special assistant to the president, and was tasked with outreach to the African American community. "They didn't really care if I showed up", she said.
According to the Post, an excerpt from Unhinged also claims that Lara Trump, the President's daughter-in-law, and adviser offered Omarosa a job after she was sacked from The White House. Jason Kessler, the organiser of last year's rally, is behind today's follow-up Unite the Right 2 event in Washington, a march followed by a "white civil rights" rally across from the White House. She tempers the claim by stating that she hadn't heard the tapes themselves but that she learned about the recordings from more than one of her contacts. In his bid to bring order to a fractious West Wing, Kelly had earlier imposed stricter rules about who had access to the President, a move that senior officials said limited Manigault Newman's time in the Oval Office.