Omarosa releases recording of $15K-per-month job offer from Lara Trump




Omarosa Manigault Newman

Former “The Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault Newman was fired in December 2017 from the White House after a tumultuous tenure. | Mary Altaffer)/AP Photo

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Omarosa Manigault Newman on Thursday released a recording of what appeared to be President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law and campaign adviser Lara Trump offering the former “Apprentice” star a job on the president’s campaign for $15,000 a month — an offer Manigault Newman said she saw as an “attempt to buy” her silence.

The newly released tape, one of multiple to come out this week, is the first since Trump’s campaign filed an arbitration proceeding against Manigualt Newman alleging that she violated a 2016 nondisclosure agreement, an accusation Manigault Newman has denied. The recording also appears to authenticate the claim Manigault Newman made in her recently released book, that she was offered a $15,000-per-month job with the Trump campaign after being fired by the administration.

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“The president has said he’s happy I was fired, I’m a lowlife, I’m a dog, all these things. But then you find out behind the scenes they’re saying how awesome I am and how great I am and I should come on the campaign,” Manigualt Newman said in an interview with MSNBC. “So, really, what is it, which one of it is it? Is it that they supported me or they want me out?”

The recording between Manigualt Newman and Lara Trump was released exclusively to MSNBC, with four clips of the conversation, selected by Manigault Newman, played on air. MSNBC disclosed a producer for the network listened to the whole recording. In the recording, Lara Trump, a top official with the Trump campaign and the wife of the president’s son Eric Trump, begins by talking about a New York Times article written by reporter Maggie Haberman.

“Listen, obviously, with, like, the New York Times article and stuff, you know, it’s,” Lara Trump said in the recording before being cut off by Manigualt Newman saying, “What’s the New York [Times] article?”

“The one that, the one that, it was in The New York Times,” the president’s daughter-in-law continued. “They wrote about you. It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you’ve got in the back pocket to pull out. Clearly, if you come on board the campaign, like, we can’t have — we got to,” she says, as Manigualt Newman interrupts with “Oh, God, no.”

“Everybody positive, right,” Lara Trump continues.

Lara Trump said in a statement that the “bombshell” tape is “a fraud” and that conversations with the campaign about the position “took place in numerous phone calls over the course of several weeks.”

“Woman to woman, I shared a connection with Omarosa as a friend and a campaign sister, and I am absolutely shocked and saddened by her betrayal and violation on a deeply personal level,” Trump said in a statementt. “I hope it’s all worth it for you, Omarosa, because some things you just can’t put a price on.”

As the recording progresses, Lara Trump discusses a potential salary with Manigault Newman, cautioning that the campaign is funded by “directly from donors, small dollar donors for the most part.” Still, Lara Trump offers Manigault Newman $15,000 a month for the potential job, roughly equating the $179,000 the former Trump aide made in her administration role.

Lara Trump goes on in the tape to suggest that Manigault Newman could continue to live in Washington in the prospective position with the campaign, so long as she was willing to come to New York for “occasional meetings.” She told Manigault Newman that she would “love” to utilize her as a speaker.

“I would love, if you could, you know, occasionally go do speaking engagements and that sort of thing for us,” Lara Trump said. “I think you’d be awesome doing that.”

The former “Apprentice” star said she took issue with Lara Trump’s characterization of her as “articulate,” a portion of their conversation that was not included in the recordings played on MSNBC but that Manigualt Newman insisted occurred.

“Most people wouldn’t realize that is an insult to African-Americans to call us articulate, as if we haven’t mastered the language of the land,” Manigualt Newman said.

Manigualt Newman said she played those recordings because it was directly from her book and that “everything you see in quotations can be verified, has been corroborated and is documented, and these clips are specifically the outline of the scene.” The former “Apprentice” star’s credibility has been called into question throughout her book-promotion tour, not just by Trump administration officials and allies but also by media members skeptical of some of her book’s more incendiary claims.

In her MSNBC interview, Manigault Newman claimed that the president asked Lara Trump to call her. She added that her position at the campaign had not been clarified, just that she had to sign “on the dotted line and accept this $15,000 a month.”

“As she stated from her — in her own words, had to keep it positive,” Manigualt Newman said. “You can’t be talking about these things. What is this thing you have in your back pocket? I saw this as an attempt to buy my silence, to censor me. And to pay me off $15,000 per month by the campaign.”

“I could basically decide what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it,” she continued. “It didn’t matter to her what I did, what my title was or what my role or responsibility would be in the campaign.”

Thursday’s tape is the latest in a series of recordings released by Manigault Newman, including one she made of herself and Trump campaign officials Katrina Pierson and Lynne Patton discussing during the 2016 campaign how to respond to an inappropriate comment — which Manigault Newman said was the n-word — Trump had been captured making on tape.

Manigault Newman also released a recording taken in the White House Situation Room of chief of staff John Kelly firing her, as well as one of Trump expressing surprise that Manigault Newman had been let go.

Manigault Newman was fired in December 2017 from the White House after a tumultuous tenure — making headlines for bringing members of her 39-person bridal party to the West Wing for an impromptu photo shoot and sparring with April Ryan, a White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks. She served as the administration’s highest-profile liaison to the African-American community, although her effectiveness as a member of the White House’s office of public liaison has regularly been called into question.

Manigualt Newman during her MSNBC interview also addressed a compilation that was put together by the Republican National Committee that shows footage of her at a number of rallies and interviews defending the president, calling him a “friend” and saying he is “going to be incredible for this country.”

Trump retweeted the video from the RNC on Thursday afternoon following Manigualt Newman’s interview on MSNBC. The president has fired a number of insults toward his former aide, labeling her “wacky,” “deranged” and a “dog.”

“Thank you for the kind words Omarosa!” the president wrote on Twitter.

When asked about the video, Manigualt Newman said the compilation was put together because she was “one of the few African-Americans in his orbit.”

“Yes, they put their greatest hits together and that would compile about .0% of the diversity they have at the RNC,” she said. “They keep rerunning that video because that was the best thing that happened to this administration.”

She added that she was “not going anywhere” and would not be “bullied” by Trump or his administration.

“I’m going to go toe-to-toe with him. Everything he throws at me. Believe me, my tapes are much better than theirs,” she said, adding that she would release more tapes if she had to.

Earlier this week, Manigualt Newman revealed that she had been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently conducting an investigation into whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election, and has opened the probe up to possible obstruction of justice by the president.

The former White House aide, who has known Trump for 15 years, said there were some things concerning Mueller’s investigation that she was “very careful not to put in the book.”

“I can’t even talk about the things that I talked with them,” she said, adding that she could not reveal whether she was contacted again after revealing these recordings. “I can’t talk about the things I’ve submitted to them. But I want you to know that I fully continue to cooperate with this investigation.”

“I have been able to verify every single thing that I put in the book,” she continued. “I’ve verified everything I’ve stated. And every single time the Trump people challenge me, I bring the receipts.”

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