Trump Lashes out as Omarosa Releases Audio of their Conversation after Her Firing

Former top White House aide, Nigerian-born Omarosa Manigault Newman is in the crosshairs of US president Donald Trump after she released a new audio his call to her in the wake of her sack by Chief of Staff John Kelly.

In the brief recording, which aired on NBC’s “Today” show Monday, the voice Manigault Newman identified as Trump’s appears to be surprised and upset about news of her departure.

“Omarosa, what’s going on? I just saw in the news you’re thinking about leaving. What happened?” the voice asks Manigault Newman.

“General Kelly — General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave,” Manigault Newman answers in the exchange.

“No. Nobody even told me about it,” the person responds. “You know, they run a big operation but I didn’t know it. I didn’t know that. God [expletive]. I don’t love you leaving at all.”

The president has reacted to then audio unveiling, lashing out against Manigault Newman over Twitter after the release of the audio, calling her “wacky” and “vicious,” while acknowledging he had initially resisted Kelly’s previous attempts to oust her from the West Wing.

The audio release comes a day after Manigault Newman released audio she said was of her firing by Kelly inside the White House Situation Room.

Manigault Newman served as the White House director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison from January to mid-December of 2017 but has been unsparing in her criticism of the president since her departure.

In recent interviews, she has described her former boss and “Apprentice” co-star as “unhinged” and “racist”, with the president hitting back by branding her a low-life.

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