‘Meet the Press’ Plays Tape of John Kelly Firing Omarosa Manigault Newman

Hannah Rogers
August 13, 2018

Conway appeared on ABC to continue the White House's defense against Omarosa's new book - out on Tuesday - and her claims that the president used racial slurs.

"I think she served previously in the Clinton White House, she had some experience", Short said.

'I have worked alongside that man for over two straight years now without interruption. "And it's - and I also never heard Omarosa complain that he had done that". After Kelly let her go, she reportedly tried, unsuccessfully, to reach Trump directly to issue a personal appeal, setting off a secret-service alarm in the process.

While the latest recording appears to show Trump was unaware of her firing, Manigault Newman said on "Today" that Trump may have instructed Kelly to do it.

Omarosa Manigault Newman's assertion has been questioned by allies of President Trump, who said that she was selling a book, Unhinged, in which she claimed only to have heard that a tape existed. While writing the book, "three separate sources" had "described the same exact statements", she said.

Ms Newman effectively threw a hand grenade by claiming - without evidence - that she had heard a tape of Mr Trump using racist language against African-Americans. She said Sunday that she personally listened to it after her book had gone to press.

"General Kelly came to me and said that you guys want me to leave", she said.

'But when he talks that way, the way he did on this tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist'. She added that the president "probably instructed General Kelly to do it so that he could keep his hands clean".

'But that doesn't sell books, and that doesn't settle scores'. She acknowledged that all West Wing officials had signed nondisclosure agreements, a measure that Trump relied on for decades as a real estate developer.

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White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Monday: "I'm not going to get into the tick-tock of who knew what when, but the president makes the decisions".

"I don't love you leaving at all", he added.

"You have a reasonable expectation of confidentiality and privacy in your conversations at your place of work", Conway said. That position was followed by a role on his transition team and then followed by 11 months working as Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison.

"Wow", she replies on the recording, which she says she taped after she was sacked in December 2017. 'He's been there from the beginning'.

"This White House has a problem with the truth", Manigault Newman writes, seeming to pre-empt the pushback the West Wing launched even before the publication date.

April Ryan, the American Urban Radio Networks reporter who was routinely a target of Omarosa's, said on CNN that the former staffer is a "monster" that Trump created.

"No. Nobody ever told me about it", Trump replies.

'Who is?' Karl asked again.

But Newman pushed back against her critics by arguing that she can substantiate her claims in the book. Employing reality-show villains may be entertaining, but eventually the joke's on you. "Makes you wonder what other kinds of security breaches are occurring under this White House".

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