"It's a violation of every protocol, procedure, and just how we do business in government", said Marc Lotter, a former special assistant to the president and former press secretary to Vice President Pence.
Campaign finance records show several former aides to President Donald Trump have received payments of roughly $15,000 per month from campaign or party accounts, bolstering part of former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's claim that she was offered the same amount to keep quiet about her time in the White House.
In the book, she wrote of Trump's feelings about Obama - how he talked about the former president often, and even "hated" him. Trump denied that in a tweet late Monday night, saying "there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a bad and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa". "Not only is this flat-out false (I've never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn't even make an effort to call or email me to verify". The book paints a damning picture of Trump, including her claim that he used racial slurs on the set of his reality show "The Apprentice".
"Omarosa? Omarosa what's going on?"
Omarosa Manigault Newman likes to be noticed and that she did during an August 13 appearance on The Today Show, albeit for all the wrong reasons.
Manigault Newman defends her secret recordings, saying otherwise "no one in America would believe me".
The only indisputable fact we can discern amid this mess is that Trump showed immeasurably poor judgment by hiring Manigault-Newman to work at the White House, let alone in such a senior position. She was vicious, but not smart.
She refused, and Kelly was forced to fire her, unnamed White House aides told Politico.
Manigault Newman also weighed in on that controversial jacket that Melania Trump wore when visiting the child detention center right in the midst of the blowback the President received for his inhumane policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. The recordings she has released so far are shocking only because they were created by a White House employee; the content is enlightening but not scandalous.
"The first thing he said was that the Hillary Clinton people started the birther movement; 'Omarosa, you're so naive, '" she said on MSNBC.
She responded to Trump's insults, saying: "It's sad that with all the things that is going on in the country that he would take time out to insult me and to insult my intelligence". She has defended her decision to secretly record it and says she has recorded additional White House conversations that she might be releasing as well. She was the highest-ranking African-American on the White House staff. The problem? Many senior advisors were not aware of the photoshoot, and they ultimately banned her from sharing any of the images.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly listens as President Donald Trump holds a round table meeting with members of law enforcement about sanctuary cities in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, March 20, 2018.
But the campaign official said the onetime Trump booster, now the president's sworn enemy, had already signed a almost identical one a year and a half earlier.