In­creased pres­sure

Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her ‘that dog’

The Western Star - - WORLD - BY CATHER­INE LUCEY AND JILL COLVIN

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump es­ca­lated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Mani­gault New­man on Tues­day, re­fer­ring to the long­time col­league, who had been the top AfricanAme­r­i­can in his White House, as “that dog!”

The pres­sure on Mani­gault New­man in­creased, as the Trump pres­i­den­tial cam­paign filed ar­bi­tra­tion ac­tion against her, al­leg­ing a breach of a con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment. A cam­paign of­fi­cial said the ac­tion was filed with the Amer­i­can Ar­bi­tra­tion As­so­ci­a­tion.

Trump tweeted a bar­rage of in­sults Tues­day morn­ing as Mani­gault New­man con­tin­ued pro­mot­ing her White House tel­lall and re­leas­ing se­cret au­dio record­ings.

Her book paints a damn­ing pic­ture of Trump, in­clud­ing her claim that he used racial slurs on the set of his re­al­ity show “The Ap­pren­tice.”

“When you give a crazed, cry­ing lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out,” Trump said. “Good work by Gen­eral Kelly for quickly fir­ing that dog!” John Kelly is White House chief of staff.

While Trump trades in in­sults on a near daily ba­sis, deem­ing Mani­gault New­man a “dog” was a stun­ning move in a row that touched on sev­eral sen­si­tive is­sues in Trump’s White House, in­clud­ing a lack of racial di­ver­sity among se­nior of­fi­cials, se­cu­rity con­cerns — Mani­gault New­man taped her fir­ing in the White House Sit­u­a­tion Room — and ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures such as non-dis­clo­sure agree­ments to keep ex-em­ploy­ees quiet.

Trump has also pushed back against Mani­gault New­man’s claim that she had heard an au­dio­tape of him us­ing the Nword. He tweeted that he had re­ceived a call from the pro­ducer of “The Ap­pren­tice” as­sur­ing him “there are NO TAPES of the Ap­pren­tice where I used such a ter­ri­ble and dis­gust­ing word as at­trib­uted by Wacky and De­ranged Omarosa.”

Trump in­sisted, “I don’t have that word in my vo­cab­u­lary, and never have.” He said Mani­gault New­man had called him “a true Cham­pion of Civil Rights” un­til she was fired.

Mani­gault New­man, the former White House li­ai­son to black vot­ers, writes in her new mem­oir that she’d heard such tapes ex­isted. She said Sun­day that she had lis­tened to one af­ter the book closed.

On CBS Tues­day, Mani­gault New­man re­leased an­other au­dio record­ing that she said showed cam­paign work­ers dis­cussing an al­leged record­ing of Trump us­ing the racial slur. The White House and the cam­paign did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to ques­tions.

One of the peo­ple al­legedly fea­tured on the tape is Ka­t­rina Pier­son, an ad­viser to Trump’s re-elec­tion cam­paign who served as a spokes­woman for his 2016 cam­paign.

Pier­son has said she never heard Trump use this type of lan­guage and said on Fox that the only per­son she heard talk­ing about a tape was Mani­gault New­man. The tape ap­pears to show Pier­son say­ing of Trump: “He said it. He’s em­bar­rassed.”

Asked if the book can be backed up by email or record­ings, Mani­gault New­man said on CBS that ev­ery quote in the book “can be ver­i­fied, cor­rob­o­rated and it’s well doc­u­mented,” sug­gest­ing she may have more in­for­ma­tion to re­lease.

The dis­pute has been build­ing for days as Mani­gault New­man pro­motes her mem­oir “Un­hinged,” which came out of­fi­cially Tues­day.

AP PHOTO

White House Di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Of­fice of Pub­lic Li­ai­son Omarosa Mani­gault, right, walks past Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on March 12, 2017, dur­ing a meet­ing on health care in the Roo­sevelt Room of the White House.

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