Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman apparently broke security protocols when she taped White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her in the situation room in December 2017.
“As you’ll see in ‘Unhinged,’ I protected myself because this is a White House where everybody lies,” Manigault-Newman (pictured above), told NBC News host Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.” She is promoting her new book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” which purports to provide an honest look within the administration.
“You have to have your own back because otherwise you’ll look back and you’ll see 17 knives in your back,” Manigault-Newman added.
The former communications director for the White House’s Office of Public Liaison was forcibly removed from the White House in December 2017. Although Manigault-Newman previously insisted that she resigned from President Donald Trump’s administration, she now claims that Kelly fired her.
Manigualt-Newman told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” in December that she spoke with Kelly “in the situation room, which is a very secure, very quiet room in the White House.”
But the former White House aide revealed that she secretly recorded the exchange with Kelly in the situation room — the room in the West Wing’s basement with the strictest security protocols in place because it is where presidents and key staff members monitor crises and make decisions.
Kelly can be heard telling Manigault-Newman in 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. And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.”
Manigault-Newman told Todd that “it’s pretty clear from that recording that John Kelly came in and said, ‘This is the end, we want you to leave.’ But what’s interesting is, they take me into the Situation Room, the doors are locked. They tell me I can’t leave. And they start to threaten me, put fear in me, to put me under duress.”
Manigault-Newman insisted “that’s downright criminal. And if I didn’t have these recordings, no one in America would believe me.”
When Todd asked Manigault-Newman if she was “planning to record him the minute you found out you had this meeting,” she replied, “Well, no. First of all, like I said, I’m the only African-American there. When you …