Omarosa Manigault Newman said she had no choice but to tape conversations while she worked for the Trump administration in order to protect herself from lies which she says were rampant.
“Yes, I’m the kind of person who covers her own back. In Trump World, everyone lies. Everyone says one thing one day and they change their story the next day. I wanted to have this type of documentation so that in the event I found myself in this position where, as you said, they’re questioning my credibility,” she said in an interview with “CBS This Morning.”
Omarosa was on set to talk about the growing speculation that a tape exists of President Trump using the N-word. The former reality show contestant also revealed new audio of various Trump campaign staffers talking about its existence and how to handle any potential fallout if it ever were released publicly.
One of the people recorded was former Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson, who used to flatly deny the existence of the tape, but appeared much more concerned about it in the audio.
Omarosa told her interviewers that she personally heard the tape shortly after she was fired from the White House.
“I did not hear it until after I closed the book and I had an opportunity to fly out to California and the person allowed me to hear it,” she said. “Had I heard it when I was working in the White House I would have left immediately.”
This is a major departure for Omarosa, who is currently making the rounds promoting her new book, “Unhinged,” which chronicles her time in the Trump White House. During the 2016 presidential campaign, she was one of Trump’s closest friends and ferocious surrogates. She defended him against accusations of racism and once warned critics that they would have to “bow down” to him after he was elected.
Shortly after Omarosa’s appearance on CBS, the president called her a “crazed, crying lowlife” in a tweet.
“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” said Trump. On Monday the president dedicated three tweets to criticizing Omarosa in similarly personal terms.