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Omarosa Manigault Newman says Trump is ‘physically ill,’ and she blames Diet Coke

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Among the many explosive claims in Omarosa Manigault Newman’s book about President Trump, being released Tuesday, one does not involve racist or misogynistic remarks.

Instead, it focuses on Trump’s high-volume consumption of diet cola.

In “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” the former White House advisor wrote that Trump drinks at least eight cans of Diet Coke each day.

“He always has one in his hand, as far back as I’ve known him,” she wrote.

Worried that Trump’s “terrible health habits” were making him “physically ill” and hurting his mental capacity, Manigault Newman said she researched the topic and found a Boston University study that linked the consumption of diet beverages to an increased chance of stroke and dementia, according to the book.

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In April 2017, a team of researchers at BU published a study in the medical journal “Stroke” that found that “intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks were associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke, all-cause dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease dementia.” People who frequently drink diet soda are at almost three times the risk of developing stroke and dementia, the study found.

Manigault Newman wrote that she printed the article and placed it in a folder of Trump’s papers. He never read it, she wrote, but then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter did.

“He gave me a warning,” she wrote. Porter told her to “stop putting articles in the president’s folder. You have to go through me first. Don’t do it again,” she wrote.

Porter left the White House months later after news broke that both of his ex-wives had accused him of domestic violence. His exit raised questions about the administration’s vetting and security clearance process.

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Manigault Newman wrote that it was typical for her to be shut down when she “tried to talk to people at the White House about his cognitive issues.”

“No one wanted to hear it, let alone document it,” she wrote.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment Monday night.


Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @aimee_ortiz.