Former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman revealed another taped White House conversation in which President Trump appeared to express surprise that she had been fired from his administration.
“Omarosa? Omarosa what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving? What happened?” Trump says on the tape played on NBC’s “Today” show Monday.
“General Kelly – General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave,” Newman said on the tape, referring to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general.
“No … I, I, Nobody even told me about it,” the president responds.
“Wow,” she replies on the recording, which she says she taped after she was fired in December 2017.
“You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it,” Trump says. “I didn’t know that. Goddamn it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”
The recording comes a day after Newman played a tape of Kelly firing her in the White House Situation Room during a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where she was touting her new book, “Unhinged.”
Kelly is recorded talking to her about her job performance.
“You can look at your time here at 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,” he tells her.
Then she asks if the president is aware she is being canned.
“We can, we can talk another time. This has to do with some pretty serious – integrity violations,” Kelly responds. “So I’ll let it go at that. So the staff and everyone on the staff works for me not the president.”
Newman’s taping of her ouster sparked immediate criticism because she secretly recorded Kelly in the ultra-secure Situation Room, where cell phones and other electronic devices are prohibited.
Some national security experts said she broke security protocol and may have even broke the law if any classified information was leaked from the room.
The White House questioned her “character and integrity.”
“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.
Published at Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:23:25 +0000