Nine hours after former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman shocked the political world with an audiotape of her own firing made in the ultra-secure Situation Room, the Trump administration fired back at the former reality TV star. “The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” Trump’s press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a dinnertime statement.
Manigault Newman gave the audio to NBC News, which broadcast it during its ‘Meet the Press’ interview with the explosive onetime Trump booster. It includes a voice identified as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly telling her that ‘serious integrity violations’ had left her without a job. Kelly tells her in the audio that the issues surrounded money and the improper use of government vehicles. He can be heard denying a request for her to speak with president about her dismissal, which he said was non-negotiable.
Omarosa! I hear you mentioned me on Meet The Press. Don’t reference me or use my name. Keep my name out of your mouth. You have done enough. Your lies and crazy behavior are catching up to you. Can you say National Security breach? Lawyer up!
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) August 12, 2018