Season Two of The Celebrity Apprentice: White House edition is continuing this week. Put differently, the reality television-esque unraveling of U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration is continuing to unfold.
Former staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s new memoir Unhinged is out this week, and it spares few in its (attempted) skewering of the Trump administration. The White House is fighting back, though. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has now lashed out at Omarosa again, criticizing her for some of her behavior that’s been revealed in connection to her book release.
She shared this weekend on Meet the Press that she’d recorded the moment she was fired by the still-serving White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
On the tape, Kelly can be heard saying:
‘It’s come to my attention over the last few months that there have been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you and use of government vehicles and some other issues.’
Kelly went on to compare his thought process leading him to firing Omarosa to the thought process he employed when dealing with issues similar to hers in the military. His reference to issues regarding her usage of government vehicles corroborates an account POLITICO published earlier this year claiming her to have used the White House car service as “office pick-up and drop-off service,” which is against the rules. Perhaps, based on Kelly’s comments, she lied about that at one point.
She similarly broke protocol in recording the conversation in which Kelly delivered the news of her firing. The fact that she secretly taped a conversation that occurred in the White House Situation Room did not seem to phase her when Meet the Press host Chuck Todd brought it up, but Sarah Sanders certainly was not impressed.
‘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.’
Sanders has lashed out at Omarosa’s still forthcoming book already. She called it “sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false statements.”
At least one of the eye-catching claims in her book has already been countered. She claims that she heard from someone that Republican strategist Frank Luntz had heard Trump use the n-word, but he says that never happened.
Another widely circulated claim — that Trump ate a piece of paper — has been countered too. Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who met with Trump at the time Omarosa said the president ate the paper, said he “saw NO such thing” and is “shocked that anyone would take this seriously.”
Although Donald Trump himself has countered Omarosa too, calling her a “lowlife” on Saturday while speaking to reporters, the impact her book has on his White House remains to be seen. The whole episode is reminiscent of the debacle surrounding Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury from early in 2018.
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