Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Trump Fires Back at Former Staffer Omarosa Manigault

Trump Fires Back at Former Staffer Omarosa Manigault

President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at his former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman in especially angry terms, slamming her as a "dog" and "crazed" as their mud-slinging match escalated.

But she was sacked by incoming chief of staff Johny Kelly during a closed-doors meeting in December 2017.

At one time she was one of Mr Trump's most vocal backers, but since her sacking Ms Manigault-Newman has been vocal in objecting to the Trump administration and also returned to reality TV, competing on Celebrity Big Brother in February this year. She wore that jacket to hurt Trump, setting off a controversy that he would have to fix, prolonging the conversation about the administration's insensitivity, ruining the trip itself, and trying to make sure that no one asked her to do something like that again.

In the book, she wrote of Trump's feelings about Obama - how he talked about the former president often, and even "hated" him.

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

Manigault Newman also alleges that Trump allies tried to buy her silence after she left the White House, offering her $15,000 a month to accept a "senior position" on his 2020 re-election campaign along with a stringent nondisclosure agreement. Variously styled as the vice chair of Trump's National Diversity Coalition and the director of African-American outreach - and casting herself as Trump's "Valerie Jarrett" - Manigault Newman fiercely defended Trump against accusations that he was racist and sexist.

Late last night, Trump called Omarosa "wacky' and "deranged" when he tweeted his thoughts on her march through the various programs of NBC News to plug her book".

Trump officials and a number of outside critics denounced the recordings as a serious breach of ethics and security - and White House aides anxious about what else Manigault Newman may have captured in the West Wing. I just saw on the news that you're thinking about leaving? Pierson questioned how Manigault could defend the President in that way if she had heard such a tape and been so concerned just two days earlier.

Pruitt caused controversy before Trump's 2016 presidential campaign when he claimed The Donald would regularly make racist and anti-Semitic remarks on set.

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former Apprentice contestant who then joined the Trump administration when the former businessman won the United States elections in 2016, made the comments. "Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!" It also came on the eve of the release of her tell-all book, "Unhinged".

She added that the president "has done nothing" to help combat the battles.

In the audio, Pierson can be heard saying she wanted more info on how the word might have been used so they could "maybe try to figure a way to spin it". But the tapes' mere existence confirmed a longstanding reality: in Trump's White House, there are few norms or expectations of decorum that can not be shattered.

But his favorite part of the whole story has to be the audio of Trump telling Omarosa he had no idea she'd been fired. That's possible, considering her reputation as a reality show villain on "The Apprentice".

"The allegation is not credible, and indeed is ridiculous, particularly in light of the timing of her departure from the White House-December 12, 2017", he said in an August 10 tweet.

"He had to protect himself from allegations that would come up, both personal and business", said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide.

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