Trump slams former White House aide Omarosa as 'dog'

Trump slams former White House aide Omarosa as 'dog'

Trump slams former White House aide Omarosa as 'dog'

As any good reality star knows, you're only as good as your tape, and the 44-year-old former White House aide came to "Meet the Press" and "Today" armed with secret recordings made during her almost yearlong tenure in the Trump administration, ready to settle old scores (with White House chief of staff John Kelly), attempt to form new alliances (with "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd) and make new enemies (with Guthrie).

In a morning tweet, Trump praised his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, for past year having fired Manigault Newman, the former reality television star who was the highest-ranking black employee in the White House.

"When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out", Trump tweeted Tuesday.

McClain laughed at the notion that he played the recording for Manigault-Newman, according to HuffPost: "You've got to be bullsh--ng me".

Trump didn't specifically name Newman in the post, but he praised the White House chief of staff for "quickly firing" her, indicating it was about the former aide.

Manigault Newman alleged in her book that a tape of Trump using the racial slur existed and has claimed in media appearances since that she has heard the tape herself.

"I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have", Trump tweeted Monday night.

While she was reported to have been dismissed from her White House job, Omarosa claims to have resigned, of her own volition, her appointment when she could no longer bear the brunt of her erstwhile employer.

Beyond their war of words, the row touched on several sensitive issues in Trump's White House, including a lack of racial diversity among senior officials, security in the executive mansion, a culture that some there feel borders on paranoia and the extraordinary measures used to keep ex-employees quiet. Trump himself used the tactic in his life as a private businessman and the question of whether he's taping his conversations in the Oval Office arose a year ago when he suggested there might be recordings of an encounter with former FBI Director James Comey (none ever materialized).

Ms Manigault-Newman rose to fame as a contestant on reality TV show "The Apprentice" in 2004. He's not fooling anyone, is he?" he asked, before adding, "She's saying he's mentally declined.

In February, she appeared on CBS's reality show, "Celebrity Big Brother", where she made ominous claims about the Trump administration, such as "it's bad" and "we're not OK".

"If his office calls again, anything they want, I'll share", she said on MSNBC's "Hardball".

When phoned by the publication, McClain admitted meeting Manigault-Newman in the White House when she was a director of communications in December 2017.

When asked to clarify on NBC's "Meet the Press", Manigault Newman said she listened to the recording after finishing the book during a trip to Los Angeles. "The White House is basically a reboot of The Last Supper: Oops, All Judases". So much for his campaign promise to hire "the best people".

White House officials, meanwhile, blasted her for making recordings of Trump and Kelly. White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on ABC that there are "confidentiality agreements" in the West Wing. I would rarely see her but heard.

"The sad thing is as we saw with 'Access Hollywood, ' it probably won't impact his base, I think their support is baked-in, but I think it does expose him for the racist that he is", she said, adding that the "truth matters".

And Trump's campaign said that in the 2016 race she "signed the exact same NDA that everyone else on the campaign signed, which is still enforceable".

While many may laugh it off as just the "latest chapter of what reads more like a reality television show than a normal presidency", it should be taken seriously Associate Professor in American Politics at University of Sydney's United States Studies Centre, Brendon O'Connor said.

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