Trump calls former White House aide Omarosa a ‘dog’, launches court action
The escalating feud between Trump and Omarosa was sparked by the release of a tell-all book, Unhinged, by the former contestant on Trump’s The Apprentice, describing her year at the White House. She had been one of the Republican President’s most prominent black supporters.
In recent days, she has released audio of her firing by White House chief of staff John Kelly and of a call from Trump in which he says he did not know about her dismissal.
On Tuesday, CBS News released another recording that appeared to be Manigault Newman and several Trump campaign aides in October 2016 discussing the potential fallout from a tape of Trump using a racial epithet during the taping of The Apprentice.
Trump on Monday denied the existence of any such tape of him using the N-word, citing the show’s former producer, Mark Burnett. Some of the aides on the latest tape also denied the conversation.
On Twitter on Tuesday, Trump wrote a string of tweets attacking Manigault Newman.
Critics condemned Trump for what they said were racial and sexist undertones.
“The President of the United States is calling a woman of colour a dog? … How dare he call anyone a dog?” Democratic US Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who is also an African-American, told CNN.
Asked whether Trump’s language was appropriate, White House senior counsellor Kellyanne Conway did not answer directly but told Fox News she had never heard Trump “issue a racial slur about anyone”.
Trump brought on Manigault Newman, previously known for repeatedly being fired on NBC’s The Apprentice, as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison.
Manigault Newman has dismissed any legal concerns about taping conversations. On Monday, she told MSNBC that, if asked, she would give her recordings to the US special counsel Robert Mueller’s office investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.
Russia has denied meddling in the election and Trump has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a witch hunt.