As Omarosa Manigault gears up to release a buzzy tell-all book called Unhinged about her time spent in the White House (she served as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison until late last year), we couldn't help but think back to another major event that involved her former reality TV co-star: her wedding.
The recording by the disgruntled 44-year-old, once an ardent Trump ally, represents another stunning breach of presidential trust. She said Sunday that she had listened to one after the book closed.
The tape recording appears to show Trump expressing surprise about her firing, saying "nobody even told me about it". But she insisted she "never signed that draconian NDA that they presented to me when I walked into the White House".
And Trump's personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said Monday that Manigault-Newman violated national security rules by taping White House officials inside the West Wing without their consent-especially in the highly-secure Situation Room.
She said she did not write this in her book because she heard the tape after her memoir was sent off for publication.
Manigault Newman explained Tony McClain, a former contestant from "The Apprentice" played the tape for her in the White House, where Trump can be seen using racial slurs at African-American people on the show.
In the tape, Mr Trump appears to say: "Omarosa, what's going on? #2 burn that ugly yellow dress you wore on the @TODAYshow and choose something more professional looking & maybe this interview will go a little smoother". "Yes, she's a liar and a backstabber with no credibility", he said. "Goddamn it. I don't love you leaving at all".
He had to laugh, though, at Omarosa talking about the White House allegedly covering up that Trump is "mentally declined". He followed that comment up on Monday with a Twitter tirade of insults directed at Newman who he said "begged" him for a job with tears in her eyes. People in the White House hated her.
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The president continued to praise American armed forces, saying "no one on earth can match the strength of the US military". It allows Trump to waive sanctions against countries that bought Russian weapons and now want to buy US military equipment.
After calling her a "low-life" a day earlier, he referred to Manigault as "deranged" in Monday's tweets.
She accepted that initially she had dismissed the claims. Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me - until she got fired!
Manigault Newman provided audio to NBC, which aired portions of her recording during the interview.
In tweets Monday night, Trump denied ever using "such a awful and disgusting word", and his aides have denied having strategized about how to contain the damage if such a tape surfaced. "He doesn't know how to control himself".
".@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a bad and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa", Trump tweeted, tagging the former executive producer of the show.
"They took it upon themselves to actually document this so that they could actually expose him for the racist that he is", she said.
Though the administration's NDAs are likely unenforceable, they represent an intimidation tactic to silence government employees even after they have left the White House.