President Trump insists that the "terrible and disgusting" n-word is simply not in his vocabulary—but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she "can't guarantee" that recordings of him saying it will not emerge. "I can tell you that the president addressed this question directly," she told reporters Tuesday, per the Guardian. She denied that Trump's attacks on former Apprentice contestant and White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman, who says she has heard recordings of Trump using the slur, were motivated by racism, reports the New York Times. "The fact is the president's an equal opportunity person that calls things like he sees it," Sanders said.
In an interview with MSNBC Tuesday, Manigault Newman confirmed that she'd been interviewed by Robert Mueller's investigators, though she declined to discuss details. Asked about Trump calling her a "dog," she said: "I think that it just shows you that if he would say that publicly, what else would he say about me privately?" Asked if there were more tapes Trump should be afraid of, she said the president should worry about being exposed as the "misogynist, the bigot, and the racist that he is." Manigault Newman, who's being sued by Trump's campaign organization for allegedly violating an NDA, provided a recording to CBS News in which Trump staffers appear to confirm the existence of an n-word tape and discuss the potential fallout. (Read more President Trump stories.)