President Trump blasted Omarosa Manigault-Newman as a "crazed, crying lowlife" on Tuesday morning and went so far as to call her a "dog", rapidly escalating the already heated battle between the president and the reality TV star who made her name on his show.
Mr. Trump seemed to acknowledge that the unseemly fight would have been unusual for most of his 44 predecessors as president of the United States. "Oh, oh, cheese and crackers, I- I don't love that you are leaving but, but I do love cheese and crackers'". Hitting out at the former aide after the release of the recording, Trump tweeted: "Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time".
Several senior aides said Monday that they doubted Manigault Newman was the only person taping her conversations at work.
Omarosa Manigault-Newman has been on a whirlwind media blitz over the past couple of days in anticipation of her new book release, and it was all the late-night hosts could do to keep up with her.
Ultimately, she said she came to the conclusion that he is a bigot.
Manigault Newman said she viewed the conversation as a "threat" and defended her decision to covertly record it and other White House conversations, saying otherwise "no one" would believe her.
The release of the recording comes as Omarosa is promoting her memoir, "Unhinged", published by a division of Simon & Schuster, which is a division of CBS. Manigault Newman alleges in her book that Trump's campaign offered her a $15,000 per month payment in exchange for signing a binding document saying she wouldn't disclose information the President or his agents deemed confidential. "She was vicious, but not smart", he tweeted. He said Kelly had called her a "loser & nothing but problems, " but he himself had tried to save her job - because he liked her public comments about him.
"It's all an attempt to just sell a book and I think we need to remember that", Lotter said.
The adviser, Omarosa Manigault Newman, began serving in the White House shortly after Trump took office in January 2017. "And the bottom line is, I can tell you for a fact she was complicit, but she also did the bidding, and she wanted to prove that she was in their camp because she used to be a Democrat". He's also invoked "dog" to insult non-African-Americans - including Mitt Romney and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. "I certainly didn't want to engage with people who I thought was trying to bring Trump down".
In her book, Manigault Newman says she understands that Trump had used the slur "multiple times throughout the show's taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of the Apprentice". "But she gladly, spitefully, wrecked her husbands' directives to make him look foolish".