You’d be totally forgiven for having absolutely no clue about who is working for Donald Trump as he tries to run America. There’s been such a ridiculously high turnover with high-profile allies like Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Rex Tillerson all swiftly being knifed in the back and booted out of their jobs.
And the latest disgruntled aide who’s opening up about her time in the White House is former reality star Omarosa Manigault.
Omarosa, 44, rose to fame on The Apprentice before joining Trump after the election as an assistant to the president and serving as the Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison.
She managed to last in her role until January this year before she too fell victim to the Trump administration’s infamous infighting.
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And now, in what can be seen as convenient promotion for her new book Unhinged, Omarosa has made the explosive claim that she’s heard a tape of Donald Trump using the N-word.
“I’ve heard his voice,” she said on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday. “Once I heard it for myself it confirmed what I feared the most, that Donald Trump is a con and has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities. But when he talks that way, the way he does on this tape, it confirms that he is truly a racist.”
While she confirmed that Trump had never used the word in front of her, she said it was totally possible that he’d used it to describe her “because Donald Trump talks about everyone behind their backs”.
She also revealed that she’d made a secret recording of her own firing by White House chief of staff John Kelly in the Situation Room, which is a pretty major security breach, and claimed that Donald Trump once ate a note handed to him in the Oval Office by lawyer Michael Cohen to stop it falling into the hands of presidential archivists. I repeat: a former senior White House aide is claiming Donald Trump ATE A FUCKING PIECE OF PAPER.
Trump and his remaining allies including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have denied the claims.
And on one level it is a little rich that Omarosa is making these revelations now, when her book is about to be released, and not when she was serving in the White House.
“I was complicit and for that I regret,” she said.