Omarosa Manigault Newman may have recorded “nearly every conversation” that she was part of during her time as an aide at the White House, especially those with “all of the Trumps” in the room.
Manigault Newman used her personal cellphone to record the conversations, including those in the supposedly secure Situation Room in the White House, reported Axios, who cited a source “who watched her make many of the tapes.”
The source says that the former aide would keep both her government-issued phone and her personal phone close at hand, and use the work phone for conducting business — while recording conversations with her own.
“She would often press ‘record’ on her personal phone — which she carried in her pocket or in a small purse,” according to Axios.
Manigault Newman says she secretly recorded everything “so she could go back and refer to [the tapes] later, the source said,” according to Axios. But she also wanted to “cover her own butt,” noted the source.
The former reality television star has dangled the idea that there is an additional salacious tape of Trump using “the n-word” while hosting “The Apprentice” reality television program, and she has used her own recordings to capture the media spotlight after her book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” first came out.
Omarosa recorded Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife, talking about the possibility of joining the Trump re-election campaign with a salary of $15,000 per month.
Lara Trump said in a statement after the Manigault Newman recording was released, “When Omarosa was fired by the White House chief of staff in December of 2017, my entire family was concerned for her because we had no idea about the basis of her dismissal. We still wanted her on our team because we cared so much about her personally.”
In the recording, Lara Trump can be heard saying, “It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you’ve got in the back pocket to pull out. Clearly, if you come on board the campaign … we can’t have …”
“The president gave her an opportunity to really help the African-American community, and instead she did the exact opposite …”
Manigault Newman interjects quickly, “Oh, God, no.”
Lara Trump later issued a statement on the recorded conversation, which said, in part, “Woman to woman, I shared a connection with Omarosa as a friend and a campaign sister, and I am absolutely shocked and saddened by her betrayal and violation on a deeply personal level. I hope it’s all worth it for you, Omarosa, because some things you just can’t put a price on.”
Former Trump campaign aide Lynne Patton perhaps summed it up best: “The American people are sick of hearing about Omarosa,” she said recently on Fox News to Laura Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle.”
“It’s time we focus on the things that they really need — our jobs, economy, health care and infrastructure. And that’s what my boss is doing.”
Patton also noted, “And what’s really sad here … the president gave her an opportunity to really help the African-American community, and instead she did the exact opposite by blocking reputable Republicans, black Republicans and influential members of the community to advance her own standing to the detriment of this White House.”
See more on the conversation between Lara Trump and Mainigault Newman in the video below.