Sources: Trump Recorded in Secret by Ex-Aide Omarosa

Though these supposed recordings may not contain anything other than 'anodyne' banter
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2018 8:39 AM CDT
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In this Feb. 11, 2017, file photo, Omarosa Manigault arrives at the 48th annual NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – When he was still running for president, Donald Trump promised he would bring only the "best people" into his administration, but one of those hires has now committed a "dramatic betrayal of trust," per the Daily Beast, "[abandoning] years of professed loyalty to the president and … apparently [deciding] to profit off her years of closeness to Trump." Sources tell the site former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman secretly recorded Trump, also her ex-boss on The Apprentice, and has played the tapes for people; one source confirms to the Daily Beast they've heard one of the tapes where Trump speaks. Sources said to know what's on some of the tapes describe them as "anodyne, everyday chatter" between Trump and Manigault-Newman.

The Daily Beast notes Manigault-Newman is currently promoting her upcoming "tell-all" book, Unhinged, which hits the shelves on Aug. 14, per USA Today. Asked about the Omarosa tapes, a rep for Simon & Schuster, which is putting her book out, says the publisher is "confident" Manigault-Newman "can substantiate her highly anticipated account of life inside the Trump White House." The Daily Beast also got its hands on one of the book's pages, with this tidbit: Manigault-Newman says she, Ivanka Trump, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci headed up a charge to purge "leakers" from the White House. Check out who reportedly made it onto the leaker list here.

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