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President Trump lashes out at Omarosa Manigault Newman, calls her 'that dog!'

Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman during

Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman during an interview on the "Today" show on Monday in Manhattan in an image released by NBC. Credit: AP / Zach Pagano

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, calling her “that dog” on Twitter and filing an arbitration action aimed at silencing his former liaison to black voters.

On Tuesday morning, as Manigault Newman continued to promote her tell-all book with another round of TV interviews, Trump took to Twitter to push back against the former reality show contestant turned West Wing adviser, whose book casts Trump as racist and unfit for office.

“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out,” Trump tweeted. “Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”

Trump’s choice of words to describe the former highest-ranking black adviser on his staff drew condemnation from lawmakers, including Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who called the Trump’s missive “unbecoming of a President of the United States," and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who on CNN denounced Trump for “calling a woman of color ‘a dog.’ ”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s language at Tuesday’s media briefing, telling reporters he was “voicing his frustration with the fact that this person has shown a complete lack of integrity.”

Manigault Newman alleges in her book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” that Trump can be heard using a racial slur on audio captured during his time filming NBC’s “The Apprentice.” On Tuesday, during an appearance on “CBS This Morning” she played what she said was an October 2016 recording of her and other Trump campaign aides discussing how to handle the fallout if the alleged tape were to surface.

The tape, which CBS has said it has not been able to independently verify, includes the voices of former campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and former aide Lynn Patton.

Pierson can be heard saying, “I’m trying to find out at least the context it was used in to help us figure out a way to spin it.” Patton can be heard recounting a discussion where she asked Trump: “Can you think of any time this might have happened?,” and he told her no. Pierson later adds, “No, he said it. He is embarrassed.”

Pierson and Patterson, in separate tweets, said the discussion of the alleged “Apprentice” tapes came about mainly because Manigault Newman “was obsessed with it.”

Sanders, when asked Tuesday if she was confident the public would never hear the president uttering the “N-word” on tape, said she couldn’t rule out the possibility, but noted that Trump has repeatedly denied allegations of using the slur.

“I can’t guarantee anything, but I can tell you that the president addressed this question directly,” Sanders said, referring Trump’s past denials via Twitter. “I can tell you that I’ve never heard it.”

Manigault Newman, in an interview with MSNBC, disclosed that she has spoken to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating purported ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, but she did not go into detail about the nature of their conversation.

She also alleged on MSNBC that Trump knew about Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails during the campaign, but she refused to provide more details to back up her claim.

Trump campaign officials told reporters on Tuesday that the campaign had filed an arbitration action against Manigault Newman in New York, alleging that she violated a 2016 confidentiality agreement she signed as a member of the campaign staff.

Asked about the arbitration, Manigault Newman told The Associated Press: “I will not be silenced.”

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