Omarosa says she secretly taped her White House firing, plays audio

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A recurring subplot is Manigault Newman's enmity toward chief of staff John Kelly, who she accuses of "locking" her in the basement Situation Room in order to fire her on dubious grounds (she was accused of misusing the White House auto service).

When she left the White House, she says she was offered $15,000 a month to serve in a "senior position" on Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.

According to multiple reports, she cites three unnamed sources in "Unhinged" who claim to have heard Trump use the "N-word" repeatedly during the making of The Apprentice.

Manigault Newman told Todd that she made the recordings of conversations because "this is a White House where everybody lies" and "you have to have your back".

Asked why she would bring a recording device into such a secure location, Manigault Newman said that she was "prepared" to "protect herself". In a subsequent interview, she changed her story to say that she had heard Trump utter that word, a reversal that highlighted her not-exactly-sterling level of credibility.

Washington police threw a ring of steel around the White House on Sunday, ahead of a white supremacist rally that will see neo-Nazis marching in the nation's capital a year after a deadly protest highlighted the growing boldness of America's extreme right. "They were not offering a real job", she said. "So yes I recorded myself and I have no regret about it".

She also said she was inadvertently complicit in covering up Trump's perceived racism.

The truly troubling thing about the tape, as an alarmed Twitter quickly picked up on, is that it exists at all. And things getting ugly for me, and damage to my reputation, that is downright criminal.

Quoting Trump's early, post-inauguration speech at the Central Intelligence Agency lamenting his inauguration crowd, Manigault Newman takes some editorial liberty, adding within quotation marks that Trump says, "Liars!"

Today, in response to her casting the president as a racist and mentally waning, he called her "a low-life".

In a statement Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described the book as "riddled with lies and false accusations".

However, Karl doubled down on his question, again asking about Sessions' future in the White House.

And Trump called her a "lowlife" during a photoshoot on Saturday.

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