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Omarosa releases secret recording of $15,000-a-month job offer from Lara Trump

WASHINGTON — Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released a secret recording Thursday in a bid to bolster her contention that she was offered a $15,000-a-month contract from President Trump’s campaign to stay silent after being fired.

On the recording, campaign aide Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, can be heard discussing salary considerations and other aspects of a campaign job with Manigault Newman and makes it clear that she expects her to be positive about the president.

The release of the recording, during an interview with MSNBC, was the latest escalation of Manigault Newman’s feud with Trump following the release of her tell-all book, ‘‘Unhinged,’’ which depicts him as racist and in mental decline.


The president has disparaged Manigault Newman in recent tweets, calling her a ‘‘dog’’ and ‘‘lowlife,’’ among other names, and his campaign has filed an arbitration action in an attempt to silence her.

On Thursday afternoon, the president retweeted a video sent out by the Republican National Committee featuring clips of Manigault Newman lavishing praise on Trump in various venues. ‘‘Thank you for the kind words Omarosa!’’ Trump said in the tweet.

According to Manigault Newman, the recording made public Thursday is from Dec. 16, a few days after she was fired from her job as a White House aide by Chief of Staff John Kelly for what Kelly has characterized as concerns about her ethics and integrity.

During their conversation released Thursday, Lara Trump references an article from the day before that included comments by Manigault Newman that were critical of her time working for Trump.

Manigault Newman said, for instance, that she, as the only African-American woman working in the White House, had seen things that upset her.

‘‘It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you’ve got in the back pocket to pull out,’’ Lara Trump is heard telling Manigault Newman. ‘‘Clearly, if you come on board, like, we can’t have — ’’


‘‘Oh God, no,’’ Manigault Newman responds.

The two go on to discuss salary, with Trump suggesting $15,000 a month would match the $179,000 salary she was making in the White House. Trump also makes it clear Manigault Newman would have flexibility in where she works.