After several hours of hype from MSNBC, Omarosa Manigault Newman appeared on the network again to show off a new secret White house recording and it revealed…nothing we didn’t already know before.
Manigault Newman spoke to Craig Melvin today in order to counter the attacks on her credibility, and defend her new gossip-filled book about President Donald Trump‘s White House. She released a new clip to back up her claim that the Trump campaign tried to offer her monthly $15,000 cash payments if she’d accept a job with them and never speak publicly about her time with the administration.
The recording captured a phone conversation with Lara Trump, the president’s daughter in law and campaign staffer, who offered Manigault Newman a yearly salary of $180,000 if she’d take up a position in the campaign and go on speaking engagements on the president’s behalf.
Based on the transcript, it seems the alleged $15,000 regular payoff Manigault Newman alluded to was actually the monthly paycheck she would’ve received.
Since the transcript was broken up into multiple parts, Melvin asked Manigault Newman why she was releasing selective clips instead of the complete conversation. She claimed that the audio was edited to cut out the frivolous back and forth between herself with Trump, but the complete transcript corroborates the core of her claim.
“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,” Manigault-Newman said.
“You saw this as hush money?” Melvin asked.
“Absolutely,” she answered.
Lara Trump issued a statement:
From the beginning of my father-in-law’s campaign, Omarosa was welcomed into our family as a trusted friend and confidant. On the Women for Trump tour, including Omarosa, we formed a sisterhood bond that is unlike any I have experienced in my life. We toured together, laughed together, and worked really hard towards a common goal. We never would have imagined that one of our own was secretly recording all of our private conversations.
When Omarosa was fired by the White House Chief of Staff in December of 2017, my entire family was concerned for her because we had no idea about the basis of her dismissal. We still wanted her on our team because we cared so much about her personally. That’s why I reached out to offer her a position with the 2020 Trump Campaign before we knew anything about the gross violations of ethics and integrity during her White House tenure. Another one of Omarosa’s ‘bombshell’ tapes is a fraud. The discussions about a position with the campaign 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.
I hope it’s all worth it for you, Omarosa, because some things you just can’t put a price on.