Omarosa Manigault-Newman on Monday released another secretly recorded conversation, this time with President Trump following her firing from the White House by John Kelly.
In the new tape, President Trump says he didn’t know that the former Apprentice contestant and White House aide had been fired, and suggested he was disappointed.
“Omarosa, what’s going on?” Trump asks on the short clip which aired for the first time Monday on NBC’s Today show.
“I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving. What happened?” Trump asks.
“General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave,” Manigault-Newman replied.
“No,” Trump said. “Nobody even told me about it. You know, they run a big operation but I didn’t know it. I didn’t know that. Damnit.”
I don’t love you leaving at all,” Trump added.
#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
Following the release of the recording – Mannigault-Newman’s second, President Trump hit back, tweeting: “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,” adding “People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart.”
“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!”
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
On Sunday, Omarosa appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd on Sunday while peddling her new book, Unhinged, where she released a secret recording of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her, citing “integrity issues.”
Manigault-Newman was abruptly canned from the White House in December, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that she had to be “physically dragged and escorted off the campus.”
“I think it’s important to understand that if we 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,” Kelly says on the recording. “And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future, relative to your reputation.”
— Jeffrey Guterman, Ph.D. (@JeffreyGuterman) August 12, 2018
Omarosa says this was a threat, and she “had to protect myself and I had no regret about it,” she told Todd.
“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,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in an emailed statement on Sunday.
Manigault-Newman may also have some legal issues to contend with, as she recorded Kelly in the situation room, which is a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), a room in which all personnel are supposed to surrender all recording, photographic and other electronic media devices.
The most famous SCIF is probably the White House situation room, where presidents have deliberated the country’s most important military and foreign policy decisions. –NBC News
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Manigault-Newman’s taping “a massive violation of every security protocol.”
Omarosa was caught in a lie about whether she heard President Trump use the N-word – claiming in her new book that someone told her pollster Frank Luntz heard Trump say it, which Luntz denied.
I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word.
Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) August 10, 2018
She then told NPR that she personally heard Trump use the word, saying “Hearing it changed everything for me.”
Speaking with a crowd on Saturday, President Trump called Manigault-Newman a “lowlife” when asked if he felt betrayed by the former aide. White House staff, meanwhile, have slammed Omarosa as a “disgruntled former White House employee” trying to “profit off these false attacks.”
Despite Omarosa discrediting herself, the latest tape begs the question; what else was she recording, was it sensitive information, and did any foreign actors obtain access to it?
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