As reported by DailyMail
A senior adviser to the president’s re-election campaign disputed Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s claim on Sunday that she affirmed the president’s alleged use of the ‘n-word’ in a secret recording that the ex-White House aide on a rampage says she’s also heard.
Manigault-Newman claimed Sunday on ‘Meet the Press’ that Katrina Pierson, the national spokeswoman for the president’s 2016 campaign, said on a conference call that Trump definitely used the slur.
Pierson told DailyMail.com on Sunday, however, that ‘Omarosa is being intentionally dishonest in order to sell her new book.’
‘First, I have never heard President Trump ever use the derogatory language that Omarosa claims. Also, I never confirmed the existence of an alleged tape from “The Apprentice” to her as she said today.’
‘That’s a complete fabrication by Omarosa,’ Pierson said. ‘I feel pity for Omarosa as she embarrasses herself by creating salacious lies and distortions just to try to be relevant and enrich herself by selling books at the expense of the truth. “Unhinged,” indeed.’
Manigault-Newman formally launched her book tour this weekend with an appearance on NBC and an interview with NPR in which she shared more salacious details about her time at the White House and her experience working with the president.
The ex-White House aid acknowledged Sunday that she was fired from the White House and did not resign as she claimed in a previous interview.
She shared audio with NBC of the dramatic moment she was let go from her position in the Trump administration by Chief of Staff John Kelly and talked about the infamous ‘n-word’ episode.
Appearing on ‘Meet the Press’ Manigault-Newman said she heard President Trump use the ‘n-word’ in a recording that she tracked down after sending her new book to the publisher.
‘It was confirmed what I feared the most: that Donald Trump is a con and has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities, but when he talks that way, the way he did on his tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist,’ she said on ‘Meet the Press.’
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Omarosa’s new charges. It had already taken her book on as riddled with falsehoods and lies.
President Trump personally called her a ‘lowlife’ on Saturday in response to a question from a reporter about the expose. ‘Lowlife. She’s a lowlife,’ the president responded.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway on Sunday offered a rebuttal to claims in the forthcoming book that President Trump used racially charged language in the White House in a Sunday show appearance of her own that was taped prior to the broadcast of Manigault-Newman’s latest set of allegations.
‘He never said that to us in the White House, and I certainly have never heard it. But why didn’t she tell us at the time?’ Conway asked on ABC News. ‘She said no, he’s not a racist. She said I would not be there, and I wouldn’t be there, none of us would be there if that were true.’
Manigault-Newman wrote in ‘Unhinged’ that three people told her they were aware of the existence of the Trump ‘n-word’ recording, although she was not able to obtain the audio herself.
She herself appeared in the season of ‘The Apprentice’ during which Trump allegedly used the slur but doesn’t claim to have heard it.
‘I need to hear it for myself,’ Trump aide Hope Hicks said when she raised the issue, in Omarosa’s telling, asking her over and over for progress updates.
Rumors of the buried Trump ‘n-word’ recording predate his 2015 entry into presidential politics. The white-whale recording has never materialized.
Omarosa writes in her book, ‘I was told exactly what Donald Trump said – yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant – and when he’s said them. During production he was miked, and there is definitely an audio track.’
On Friday afternoon she told NPR that she herself heard the racial slur on tape and challenged a reporter who confronted her about the discrepancy to read her words more closely.
‘I heard the tape,’ Omarosa inisted in the radio interview.
The book describes her learning about it on the phone from a person she doesn’t name: ‘On this phone conversation, I was told exactly what Donald Trump said – yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant – and when he’d said them.’
‘For over a year I’d been so afraid of hearing the specifics from someone who’d been in the room,’ Omarosa writes. ‘Hearing the truth freed me from that fear. And only now that it’s gone, do I realize just how heavy it’s been.’
In an appearance on ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday to promote ‘Unhinged,’ available to the public next Tuesday, Omarosa pushed the unproven report that outtake-tapes exist of the then-future president using the n-word ‘several times’ on the set of ‘The Apprentice.’
She told NBC on Sunday that after she put her book to bed she had a chance to listen to that tape after tracking it down from a source who she says she met with in Los Angeles.
‘I heard his voice, as clear as you and I are sitting here,’ she told ‘MTP’ host Chuck Todd. ‘I have heard the tape.’
She says she cannot release the tape because it is not in her possession. It’s in the possession of a source she said is terrified to come forward.
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