Will Omarosa Become President Trump’s Biggest Regret?
The White House is in push-back mode.
The Trump administration is considering legal action against Omarosa Manigault Newman after the former staffer released tapes of her conversations with White House officials, one of whom included President Donald Trump.
Omarosa, who is pushing her new book “Unhinged” on the press circuit this week, unveiled a recording she had of being fired by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. The next day, she released a short recording of a conversation she had with the president about the firing. Officials are concerned that Omarosa recorded many of her interactions at the White House and that the released tapes barely scratch the surface of what’s to come.
It may no longer be politically correct to recall the quote, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” but rarely is the maxim proven quite this spectacularly. Omarosa, who was a reality-show villain before riding Trump’s coattails to Washington, is apparently looking to burn down the White House with her book and press tour. In addition to releasing tapes and threatening to release more, Omarosa has claimed to have heard secret “Apprentice” recordings in which Trump uses the N-word to describe show personnel, an accusation the White House vehemently denies. She has also cast doubt on the president’s mental stability, claiming in one interview that his faculties have declined noticeably over the past few years.
All of this makes for sensational headlines and riveting television, but Omarosa’s former colleagues say that’s about all she’s good for. In addition to pointing out that Omarosa was in violation of White House security rules by taping conversations inside the Situation Room, they say she is little more than a fame-hungry liar who is willing to do or say anything to see her name in lights.
“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,” said White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
In an interview with ABC News, former press secretary Sean Spicer echoed his successor’s criticism.
“It’s an unbelievable violation of protocol and the law,” Spicer said. “You can lose your security clearance for bringing your device into SCIF – to bring it in is a violation but to willfully record it, you’re entering a whole other realm.”
In Omarosa’s tape of Trump, the president seems distraught to learn that she’s leaving the administration.
“Omarosa, what’s going on?” he asks on the tape. “I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving? What’s going on?”
After Omarosa explains that John Kelly fired her, Trump responds: “Nobody even told me about it. You know, they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it. Goddamn it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”
The president may have been sad to see his top “Apprentice” star leave the White House last year, but these days, he’s probably wishing that he never hired her in the first place.