Omarosa Manigault Newman, the “Apprentice” villain whose fame with President Trump took her all the way to the White House is making the talk show circuit selling her new tell all book.
The White House is looking into legal options against the former former aide after she secretly recorded chief of staff John Kelly in the Situation Room, ABC News reported Sunday.
The Trump administration reportedly wants to block Manigault Newman from releasing any more tapes and punish her for the recording she revealed on NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier Sunday. Omarosa taped a conversation during Kelly’s firing of her back in December.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Sunday that the “very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security.”
“And then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” Huckabee Sanders continued.
Huckabee Sanders was not alone. A number of journalists, national security experts and former White House staff raised alarms about the dangers of recording in the Situation Room. It is a highly sensitive space where phones and electronic devices are prohibited for security reasons.
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer called Manigault Newman’s taping “a massive violation of security protocol.”
“She taped the chief of staff for the White House in the Situation Room, clearly a violation of every security protocol that she signed when she applied for a security clearance,” Spicer said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Manigault Newman released the tape in along with her book tour for “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House.”
Excerpts of the explosive memoir released this week include the former aide claiming that Kelly fired her when he knew she was attempting to get the audio of Trump using a racial slur.
Trump on Saturday called Manigault Newman a “lowlife.”