Spurned White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman released a new tape which appears to confirm that the Trump campaign did indeed have a discussion about how to handle a recording of Donald Trump using the n-word during his time on The Apprentice.
POTUS says former White House staffer @Omarosa lied when she called him a racist who has said the N-word on tape. But a new recording, obtained by @CBSNews overnight, seems to back up Omarosa’s story that several Trump advisers discussed an alleged tape during the 2016 campaign. pic.twitter.com/tV3R6P2TvE
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 14, 2018
In her new book Unhinged about her time in the Trump White House, the former top aide claims that not only does the tape of Trump saying the n-word exist, but that the campaign had a strategy session about how to deal with it if it became public. Omarosa Manigault-Newman, a former Apprentice contestant herself, gave a recording of a phone call with Trump campaign staffers to CBS News.
The tape features Lynne Patton, a Trump family friend who was then a staffer for Eric Trump and now a top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, talking with Manigault-Newman, then-campaign communications director Jason Miller, and Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson in October of 2016.
“I am trying to find at least what context it was used in to help us maybe try to figure out a way to spin it,” Pierson can be heard saying on the recording.
“I said, ‘Well, sir, can you think of any time that this might have happened?’ and he said, ‘No,’” Patton replies.
“Well, that is not true,” Manigault-Newman says.
Patton continues describing her conversation with Trump and indicates he told her to deal with the potential fallout.
“He goes, ‘How do you think I should handle it?’ and I told him exactly what you just said, Omarosa, which is, ‘Well, it depends on what scenario you are talking about.’ And he said, ‘Well, why don’t you just go ahead and put it to bed,’” Patton says.
“He said. No, he said it. He is embarrassed by it,” Pierson responds.
Patton and Pierson have both previously claimed no such call ever took place. “No, Ed [Henry]. That did not happen. Sounds like she is writing a script for a movie,” Pierson told Fox News on Monday.
Patton released a statement saying she was first informed of the possible tape of Trump using a racial slur on December 12, 2017, the day Manigault-Newman was given her walking papers by Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly in a conversation the former aide also recorded, claiming Kelly was threatening her reputation.
Whether or not a tape of Trump using a racial slur exists, Manigault-Newman’s recorded conversation seems to indicate that Pierson and Patton’s statements are false, although it’s possible the staffers are discussing the Access Hollywood tape. (Pierson and Patton aren’t making that claim, however.)
In an apparent attempt to get ahead of the news, Donald Trump tweeted a denial last night, citing his friend and former Apprentice producer Mark Burnett, escalating his attacks on Manigault-Newman, and praising himself as a “true Champion of Civil Rights.”
However, it bears pointing out, Trump has also praised Manigault-Newman several times in the past, calling her a loyal friend, and wished her well after she was let go from her job at the White House.
Just yesterday, Manigault-Newman released a recorded conversation with Trump in which he claims he didn’t know Kelly let her go and expressed his disappointment.
“Nobody even told me about it,” Trump says on the recording. “You know, they run a big operation, but I didn’t know that. Goddamn it!”
This morning he continued his attacks on his former aide, calling her a “dog.”
h/t: CBS News