Omarosa Manigault Newman has given CBS News an audio recording of Trump campaign staffers discussing the potential release of a tape of the president allegedly using the N-word.
CBS says the recording appears to back Manigault Newman’s claim in her new memoir, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” that the Trump campaign was aware of the tape.
In the book, she describes an October 2016 conversation with Lynne Patton, then-assistant to Eric Trump, spokesperson Katrina Pierson and campaign communications director Jason Miller in which they discuss potential fallout.
“I am trying to find at least what context it was used in to help us maybe try to figure out a way to spin it,” Pierson is heard saying, according to CBS.
Patton then describes a conversation she had with then-candidate Trump about making the slur, CBS says.
Patton: “I said, ‘Well, sir, can you think of anytime where this happened?’ And he said, ‘no.'”
Omarosa: “Well, that is not true.”
Patton: “He goes, how do you think I should handle it and I told him exactly what you just said, Omarosa, which is well, it depends on what scenario you are talking about. And he said, well, why don’t you just go ahead and put it to bed.”
Pierson: “He said. No, he said it. He is embarrassed by it.”
CBS says Trump’s camp has yet to respond to the tape.
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