Omarosa Manigault Newman charged Sunday that on the day she was fired as an adviser to President Donald Trump, White House chief John Kelly locked her in the Situation Room, where she says she was threatened and “put… under duress.”
In a startling narrative during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” the former “Apprentice” star who followed her boss to the White House said though she was blindsided by the meeting, she knew it was “something very serious” — and was ready to record it.
“It’s pretty clear from that recording that John Kelly came in and said, ‘This is the end. We want you to leave,’” she said.
“But what’s interesting is they take me into the Situation Room. The doors are locked. They tell me I can’t leave. And they start to threaten me, put fear in me, to put me under duress.”
She charged that Kelly “had been very vocal about trying to find a reason to let me go” and that she was “prepared” to tape the December 2017 meeting.
“He had gone to the press instead of coming to me, never giving me an opportunity to meet with him,” she charged. “So the question is, why not have the meeting in the chief of staff’s office? Why put me in the Situation Room, lock the door and tell me over and over again — you’ll hear his part — that I couldn’t leave. That I couldn’t consult an attorney. That I couldn’t talk to my husband who was sitting outside of the door. Yes, I was prepared.”
During the interview, she also reiterated the claims in her new book, “Unhinged,” that Trump used the N-word — and that she heard a tape-recording of his use of the slur.
“In this book, I describe this long journey of hearing these rumors over and over again,” she said. “And when I had an opportunity to meet up with three different sources, they described the same exact statements. After I closed the book, I had an opportunity to go out in Los Angeles and sit down with the person who actually has a copy of the tape and I heard his voice as clear as you and I are sitting here.”
She also declared she was “complicit” during her tenure as an adviser.
“I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation,” she said, adding, “and for that I regret.”
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