Omarosa Secretly Recorded Her Firing from The White House

Jonathan Ernst  Reuters Omarosa Manigault

Jonathan Ernst Reuters Omarosa Manigault

He went on to say that he wanted her exit to be a "friendly departure" so Manigault Newman could consider her time at the White House "as a year of service to the nation".

In an appearance Sunday on Meet The Press, former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault released a secret recording of Chief of Staff john Kelly firing her, which she characterized as a "threat". Her comments come a day after Trump called "The Apprentice" alum a "low life." .

Other claims by Omarosa's book have been emerging.

Manigault Newman, who first met Trump when she appeared on "The Apprentice" more than a decade ago, was a high-profile defender of him throughout the presidential campaign in 2016 and during her tenure in the White House past year.

"What she is saying in the book - she didn't hear about those tapes recently", Thompson explained.

Kelly responded, "We can, we can talk another time".

Todd appeared amazed that Manigault-Newman was able to record the chief of staff during a meeting in the high-security Situation Room, as she claimed. She tempers the claim by stating that she hadn't heard the tapes themselves but that she learned about the recordings from more than one of her contacts. On Sunday, Omarosa released a tape she secretly made of her firing, in which Kelly describes "significant integrity issues".

"We must come together as a nation", he said.

Tommy Vietor, who previously worked as Obama's National Security Council spokesman, said the recording was against the rules but that the discussion itself was unclassified. "Not only is it not typical, something like this is unprecedented".

"Um, are not staff supposed to check all electronic devices in a secure repository before entering the Situation Room?"

"If Omarosa carried for example a cellphone into the Situation Room, then not only did she record conversations there, but so potentially has any country or criminal organization that thought to hack her phone", Frum continued.

On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Omarosa's forthcoming book is " riddled with lies".

Still, as the White House aide who had one of the longest relationships with the President, Manigault Newman enjoyed rare stature, at least at moments.

White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway also questioned Ms Manigault Newman's credibility in an interview on Sunday on American ABC's This Week.

Reports of the bombshell allegations in the book against Trump caught fire this week, including her calling him a "racist", "misogynist", and a "bigot" alongside accounts of him using a racial slur on the set of The Apprentice, and eating a piece of paper in the Oval Office.

She also writes she turned down an offer from Trump's daughter-in-law to sign a nondisclosure agreement in exchange for a job on the President's re-election campaign paying $15,000 per month.

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