Omarosa Manigault Newman also recorded phone calls with presidential advisers and Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Politico reported Monday, adding to recordings she’s already released of conversations with the President himself and chief of staff John Kelly.
Citing two unnamed sources with whom Manigault Newman had discussed the recordings, Politico reported one of the un-released recordings was of a call she received from the couple a day after her firing in December. The former White House staffer has a new book out, and the recordings are part of an effort to drum up publicity.
According to Politico’s sources, in the publication’s words, “both Trump and Kushner can be heard wishing Manigault Newman the best and telling her they had no idea her head was on the chopping block.”
That matches a recorded phone call Manigault Newman released Monday with the President: Trump claimed he wasn’t aware that Kelly had fired her the day earlier, indicating he’d only heard of her firing from news coverage.
“They run a big operation, but I didn’t know it,” Trump is heard saying on the recording. “I didn’t know that.”
“Goddamn it!” he adds dramatically. “I don’t love you leaving at all.”
On Sunday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” played Manigault Newman’s recording of Kelly firing her, purportedly from the White House’s situation room.