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Fired White House aide: 'I will not be silenced'

16 August 2018

Donald Trump's cutting insults about women's appearance are extensive and well-documented but Omarosa Manigault Newman managed to dig up an untold alleged affront for her new tell-all book, Unhinged, out Tuesday.

"Every single thing in this book, I have verified and documented", she said on MSNBC on Tuesday.

"The staff, and everybody on the staff, works for me and not the president".

Still, the former reality TV star-turned-political aide declined to answer several questions about her experiences during her year as the highest-ranking African-American aide in Trump's White House, citing the arbitration action.

But Manigault Newman insisted she pushed for diversity at the White House, which now has no African-American in a senior role following her departure. "She's suggesting that the president is racist and sexist and using herself as evidence". Omarosa's statement was met with huge cheers from the audience, and she assured them that calling the president "mentally impaired" would be "funny if it wasn't true".

Manigault Newman says she wrote a decision memo about the matter and brought it to Trump.

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In a morning tweet, Mr Trump praised his chief of staff, John Kelly, for firing Ms Manigault Newman a year ago.

Some current and former staffers have struggled to find post-White House jobs - given the conflicted feelings on the Trump administration in Washington - making the campaign or a super PAC an attractive paycheck.

"There's one way to shut Donald Trump down, and that is just don't give him the oxygen".

The Washington Post says that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders "declined to vouch" for Trump, when asked directly if there was a tape recording of the U.S. president using racial slurs, saying: "I can't guarantee anything".

The source says Ivanka and Kushner called Manigault-Newman to console her a day after chief of staff John Kelly kicked her to the curb.

Omarosa Manigault Newman secretly recorded private conversations with President Donald Trump and in the last week, she has begun to release those tapes to the public.

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The President has denied ever using the racial slur. His aides have also denied having discussed how to contain the damage if such a tape surfaced.

Beyond her word that the tape exists - and comedian Tom Arnold's claim that he's heard it - there is no proof. One-time Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski joined Pence's Great America PAC in May, and former press secretary Sean Spicer was announced in June to replace him as the "senior advisor and spokesman" for pro-Trump super PAC America First Action.

She has since stepped up her attacks on Trump as she promotes her book, telling The Associated Press on Tuesday that the president is "a racist, a misogynist, a bigot".

She describes a phone conversation about how to handle potential fallout with Lynne Patton, then an assistant to Eric Trump, a son of the president; then-Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson; and campaign communications director Jason Miller.

The recording, which was played on CBS yesterday morning, purportedly includes the voices of Ms Patton and Ms Pierson.

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Fired White House aide: 'I will not be silenced'