Trump Unloads on Omarosa: 'She Was Vicious, But Not Smart'

By Susan Jones | August 13, 2018 | 10:07am EDT
The fired White House adviser is getting her revenge in a new book that excoriates the man who made her famous. (Photo: Screen capture/NBC's "Today")

( - President Trump waited until 9:30 this morning, after the major morning news shows ended, to tweet his fury at Omarosa Manigault Newman, who is pitching a new book damning the man who made her famous -- first by casting her on "The Apprentice" and later by making her part of his White House team.

Trump said in two tweets:

"Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard really bad things. Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me - until she got fired!"

Later, in a third tweet, Trump wrote: "While I know it’s 'not presidential' to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!"

In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday and again with NBC's "Today" show on Monday, Omarosa blasted Chief of Staff John Kelly for firing her last December. She taped some of Kelly's comments as he fired her inside the White House Situation Room, a secure area, where Omarosa said she was a victim of "false imprisonment."

She also brought a new tape recording to the "Today" show on Monday. It is an audio recording of her phone call with President Trump, who sounds surprised that she had been fired.

"You brought us a new tape," NBC's Savannah Guthrie told Omarosa. "The president, the day after you were fired, we just heard it. He says he didn't know about it. He doesn't like you leaving the White House. Is he lying in that tape?" Guthrie asked.

"I'm not certain," Omarosa replied, "but what's most concerning -- one, why was I locked in the Situation Room for almost two hours? Why was I not allowed to leave...and lastly when I asked to leave and I asked for counsel and I asked for my husband, why was I denied at least four times? When I spoke to him and he said he had no idea, that should be alarming to any American, that the president of the United States does not know what's happening when an assistant to the president who has known him for 15 years (is fired)."

Omarosa said President Trump "probably instructed General Kelly" to fire her "so that he could keep his hands clean when he spoke to me. I'm wondering, is he sincere? The other question, is General Kelly running this country or is the president running this country? Because he said he didn't know, and 'they' run a big operation. Who is the 'they'?"

In the taped phone call made the day after she was fired, Trump asked Omarosa, "What's going on? I just saw on the news that you're thinking about leaving. What happened?"

She tells him General Kelley "came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave."

"No. Nobody even told me about it," Trump responded. "You know, they run a big operation, but I didn't know it. I didn't know that. Goddamn it. I don't love you leaving at all."

Omarosa is selling a book titled "Unhinged," a reference to Trump, she said.

She said she thinks Trump and the White House staff frequently lie and "he sometimes battles with reality." She said she now believes Trump is a racist and a mysogynist, contrary to her earlier denials.

She said she changed her story because she was "very concerned about my well-being, about what these powerful people would do to me after they threatened me..."

Omarosa said she doesn't think Trump is "fit" to be president. "As we heard on the recording you played, he doesn't even know what's happening in his White House. John Kelly is running this White House, and Donald Trump has no clue what's going on. He's being puppeted and that's very dangerous for this nation."

Some of Omarosa's former fellow White House staffers said the fact that Omarosa tape recorded conversations in secure areas, against policy and to the potential detriment of national security, tells you all you need to know about Omarosa.

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Monday it certainly appears as though Omarosa was "violating national security regulations, which I think have the force of law...I have to look at it more carefully," he said of her tape-recordings.

"Is she violating every bit of trust that people should have in someone? I mean, Donald Trump made her. What kind of ingratitude is this? You can tell from the tape he thought she resigned. And John Kelly fired her. Look, I was a chief of staff, deputy attorney general. I would often to fire people that had to be fired."

Giuliani said if Kelly wanted to hurt Omarosa, he could have told the newspapers about the reasons she was fired, but that never happened. "Everybody in the White House thinks she's a back-stabber," he said.

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