Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman released another secretly recorded conversation to the media on Thursday, this time sharing an exchange between her and President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump.
Lara Trump is heard in the audio offering Omarosa a job on the president’s 2020 campaign, at a salary of $15,000 a month, or $180,000 a year.
What’s in the recording?
Manigault-Newman told MSNBC she saw the offer as hush money.
In the audio, purportedly recorded a few days after Manigault-Newman was fired from the White House, Trump can be heard referring to a New York Times article suggesting had damaging information on the president.
“It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you’ve got in the back pocket to pull out,” she told Manigault-Newman. “Clearly, if you come on board the campaign, like, we can’t have, we got to —”
Manigault-Newman interrupted her and said, “Oh, God no,” to which Trump said, “Everything, everybody positive, right?”
Trump then explained: “All the money that we raise and that pays salaries is directly from donors, small-dollar donors for the most part. I know you’re making $179,000 at the White House and I think we can work something out where we keep you right along those lines. I haven’t even added up the numbers, but we were talking about, like, $15,000 a month times 12. Yeah, so that’s $180,000.”
Manigault-Newman has been releasing audio clips to MSNBC while promoting her new book, “Unhinged,” and said the recordings corroborate the claims she made in her memoir. She told MSNBC that “Unhinged” exposes the corruption of the Trump family, administration, and campaign.
How did Lara Trump respond to the release?
Lara Trump responded to the leaked footage in 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 personality. 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.
Lara Trump added, “I hope it’s all worth it for you, Omarosa, because some things you just can’t put a price on.”