The Trump administration has been unlike any other in US history, and going back to the campaign itself, it was clear that President Trump would be doing things differently than his predecessors – including those he brought in to work alongside him.
The president resonated with his base largely on the grounds that he is the very definition of an “outsider” candidate, and while choosing who would be part of his administration, Trump looked beyond the standard offerings the “D.C. Swamp” put forth.
While many of Trump’s choices have proven themselves to be valuable, capable players, some, such as Omarosa Manigault-Newman, proved to be unable to handle the pressure, and left in disgrace.
Omarosa, who the president brought into the White House as an aide after she appeared as a popular contestant on his television show, The Apprentice, has made several disparaging remarks about President Trump in recent months, and is now touting her book, set to be released August 18.
Now, the former White House aide is claiming to have recorded conversations with the president, including audio which she has touted as “potential damaging.”
Manigault-Newman, who prior to working for the administration appeared as a contestant on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” is coming out with a tell-all book about her experience in the White House. The book, titled “Unhinged,” is set to be released on Aug. 14.
She wouldn’t be the only person to have recorded her interactions with the president: Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and sometime-fixer, is known to have recorded Trump as well. One such recording was recently released and revealed Trump discussing possible payment to a former Playboy model with whom he was accused of having an affair.
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
Simon & Schuster, the publisher of “Unhinged,” responded to the Daily Beast in a statement. “Without commenting on the specific contents of UNHINGED,” the spokesperson said, “we are confident that Omarosa Manigault Newman can substantiate her highly-anticipated account of life inside the Trump White House.”
The revelation of the tapes marks a stark departure from what was once a close relationship with Trump. In 2015, Trump tweeted about one of Manigault-Newman’s television appearances, saying, “[email protected] You were fantastic on television this weekend. Thank you so much – you are a loyal friend!”
Leaked excerpts from the tell-all suggest this closeness is no longer shared. In the book, Manigault-Newman reflects on an interview the president did with NBC’s Lester Holt, saying “His mental decline could not be denied.”
In an appearance on “Celebrity Big Brother” following her departure from the White House, she can be heard expressing concern for the direction of the Trump administration. “No, it’s not going to be okay, it’s not … It’s so bad,” she said.