Ex-Trump aide Omarosa releases recording of White House firing
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 13, 2018,
Aug 13, 2018, 3:33
On Meet the Press Sunday, she presented an audio recording of Pres. Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her. The famous room, which is located behind a locked door in the basement of the West Wing of the White House, is known to be the most secure and technologically advanced places in the USA government so for Omarosa's firing to be done in the room indicates those involved wanted it to be under wraps.
The Presidential Records Act requires the White House to preserve all communications that reach the president and send them to the National Archives.
Newman explained to the show's host, Chuck Todd, that she recorded that conversation, as well as others she has played for reporters and book publishers featuring her conversations with Trump, because "this is a White House where everybody lies". It added that she blatantly ignored security procedures by taping Kelly in the Situation Room, a location in the basement of the West Wing, where highly-sensitive conversations take place.
While the book itself is controversial, it may be her interview on NBC's "Meet The Press" this morning, which takes the cake.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer told ABC News her claims are "completely fictional".
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the tape, but has tried to discredit the book.
Part of applying for clearance is agreeing to security protocols. "Just over half of white voters, 51 percent, say race relations have worsened under Trump, while larger majorities of African-American voters (79 percent) and Hispanics (60 percent) say they have gotten worse".
Trump's daughter Ivanka, a White House aide, was more explicit in her condemnation of the "ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence" a year ago at Charlottesville.
She has more recently staked out a difference with her father on his repeated attacks on media as the "enemy of the people", saying she rejects the appellation.
In one clip, Kelly can be heard saying she would be "leaving the White House". "It's stopping people from punching back".
On Saturday, Trump called Manigault Newman a "lowlife".
Pressed on why she had not heard the tape before publishing her book, the author claimed its owner is "so afraid because of the forces working to stop it coming out" while also regretting that "people are probably trying to leverage it for an October surprise" ahead of the November midterm elections.
Another senior White House official described Newman as unprofessional, and recalled that she would shop online during meetings.
In it, she paints a damming picture of President Donald Trump, including claiming that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed his "The Apprentice" reality series. "And now she writes a book and all of a sudden she's like an oracle".