Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman has released a tape recording of several top Trump administration staffers admitting President Trump used the “n-word” and discussing how to handle the issue during the 2016 campaign.
In the recording released by CBS News, Manigault Newman and other aides appear to discuss an alleged tape on which President Trump used the n-word during his time as host of “The Apprentice, and how to handle the fallout from the tape’s release.
This recording makes clear that Trump adviser Katrina Pierson knew that Trump used the N-word all along, and yet she denied it just this week. pic.twitter.com/yhXHjWKylu
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 14, 2018
The recording appears to be of an internal call during Trump’s 2016 campaign.
CBS reports that Manigault Newman, former Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson and Lynne Patton, a longtime family friend of Trump’s who now serves as a top official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, appear to be the voices heard on the portion of the call released by the network.
The tape appears to suggest that Trump has acknowledged using the n-word.
“I am trying to find at least what context it was used in to help us maybe try to figure out a way to spin it,” former Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson can be heard saying.
Patton responds by saying she had asked Trump whether the tape might exist.
“I said, well, sir, can you think of any time that this might have happened and he said, no,” she said.
“Well, that is not true,” Manigualt Newman interjects.
Patton then says that Trump asked her how she thinks the situation should be handled.
“He goes, how do you think I should handle it and I told him exactly what you just said, Omarosa, which is well, it depends on what scenario you are talking about. And he said, well, why don’t you just go ahead and put it to bed,” Patton said.
“He said. No, he said it. He is embarrassed,” Peirson replies.
During an appearance on Fox News on Monday night, Pierson denied the existence of the call.
Patton also denied the call ever took place in a statement on Monday night on Twitter.
Trump pushed back against allegations that he used the “n-word” on the set of “The Apprentice” on Monday and added that Mark Burnett, the creator of the television program, called to say no such tapes exist.
Trump seems to be saying that he needed confirmation that no tapes of his using the n-word exist. pic.twitter.com/K8RX2coWzQ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 14, 2018
“I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up,” Trump said on Twitter in a post that derided his former aide as “Wacky and Deranged Omarosa.”