Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality star and presidential aide, secretly taped her firing last year by Chief of Staff John Kelly in the White House Situation Room and divulged the recording Sunday on "Meet The Press."
Host Chuck Todd played the recording during a segment with the former "Apprentice" contestant and presidential adviser, who was fired in December and is promoting an insider's account with a tell-all book, “Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House."
In the book, Manigault Newman alleges Kelly fired her because she was attempting to acquire a tape from Trump’s time on "The Apprentice” in which Trump allegedly used a racial slur. Since finishing the book, Manigault Newman told Todd, she has heard the tape herself.
"After I closed the book, I had an opportunity to go out in Los Angeles and sit down with the person who actually has a copy of the tape," Manigault Newman said. "And I heard [Trump's] voice, as clear as you and I are sitting here."
Disclosure of the secret taping drew swift rebukes Sunday from those close to President Donald Trump.
“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security — and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement released after the NBC interview.
Kelly, on the recording, told Manigault Newman he had learned of "significant integrity issues."
Kelly said, "I think it's important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure, we can all be, you know, you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation. And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation."
Manigault Newman told Todd she viewed the "reputation" comment as a "threat."
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, appearing on ABC’s "This Week," said Manigault Newman never complained to her about the president.
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“I have worked alongside that man for over two straight years now without interruption. I have never a single time heard him use a racial slur about anyone,” Conway said of Trump.
Conway also told "This Week" host Jonathan Karl: "You have a reasonable expectation of confidentiality and privacy in your conversations at your place of work. Why shouldn’t we in the West Wing? Why shouldn’t the president of the United States in the Oval Office — indeed the few times that she was in there with him?”
Manigault Newman expressed regret for her time as a surrogate for Trump, telling Todd she had a "blind spot" for the president.
"But I will say this to you, I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation," Manigault Newman said in the interview.
Trump on Saturday called Manigault Newman a "lowlife."