Former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman has released what she claimed is a secret recording of White House chief of staff John Kelly threatening her in the White House Situation Room.
The former reality TV star made the announcement during a "Meet the Press" interview on Sunday with NBC's Chuck Todd, who played the recording.
Todd appeared amazed that Manigault-Newman was able to record the chief of staff during a meeting in the high-security Situation Room, as she claimed.
What is on the recording?
“I think it’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure, we can all be, you know, you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation,” Kelly is heard saying on the recording. “And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.”
Manigault-Newman said she took Kelly's comment as a threat. She also said she believes the recording proves that rumors about her firing are false.
At one point on the recording, she asks Kelly if President Donald Trump is aware of what’s happening. Kelly responds by saying the discussion is “non-negotiable.”
Manigault-Newman invited the White House to release proof of her so-called violations. The accusations include her allegedly improper use of a government vehicle, which she denies.
The White House shot back, stating that Manigault-Newman's termination for alleged ethical violations was handled properly. It added that she blatantly ignored security procedures by taping Kelly in the Situation Room, a location in the basement of the West Wing, where highly-sensitive conversations take place.
How bad is this?
“This is a HUGE security violation. HUGE,” Laura Rosenberger, director of the Alliance for Security Democracy, wrote on Twitter. “Makes you wonder what other kinds of security breaches are occurring under this White House.”
Shortly after Manigault-Newman was fired in January, the White House created a new policy that bars staff and guests from using personal cellphones in the West Wing. The reason given was to protect White House “security systems."
What is her history with Trump?
Manigault-Newman was one of Trump's longest-serving associates, “the only person aside from his daughter who'd known and worked alongside him for more than a decade,” CNN reported. She had “an office, an assistant and the highest salary afforded an administration staffer.”
Manigault-Newman had appeared on Trump’s TV reality show, “The Apprentice,” as well as the reality show “Celebrity Big Brother."
She is currently promoting her new book, "Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House." In the book, Manigault-Newman calls Trump a racist, a bigot, and a misogynist. She also makes the accusation that he is losing his mental faculties.