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Omarosa Manigault Newman says she secretly taped her White House firing

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Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that there are tapes of President Donald Trump using racial slurs and that she saw him behaving "like a dog off the leash" at numerous events he attended without his wife, first lady Melania Trump.

And NBC's "Meet the Press" is airing part of the conversation.

Sunday's interview marked the start of Newman's publicity tour for her forthcoming book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House".

Manigault Newman also claims Trump repeatedly uses the racially offensive N-word, including on an occasion when he was taped, and has threatened to reveal the names of illegitimate children he has allegedly fathered.

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Manigault Newman landed in Washington D.C. on Saturday to kick off a publicity tour for her soon to be released book, "Unhinged", that is chock-full of explosive - though unverified - details about life in the White House.

Asked why she would bring a recording device into such a secure location, Manigault Newman said that she was "prepared" to "protect herself". "I heard his voice as clear as you and I are sitting here", she said. She was sacked in December of 2017 for, it was reported, taking advantage of perks like the White House vehicle service.

"It's very obvious", she said.

In addition to Newman's claims that Trump is a racist and a bigot, Newman claims that first lady Melania Trump will divorce her husband when his presidency ends and that she was offered "hush money" to stay mum about her time in the White House. "So I protected myself and now I am glad I did".

She also said she was inadvertently complicit in covering up Trump's perceived racism.

The White House has defended the president, slamming the former staffer's book as being "riddled with lies and false accusations".

"I was complicit and for that I regret", the former Apprentice contestant said.

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel suggested that Manigault Newman should be prosecuted if she's found to have broken any federal laws for recording a conversation in the Situation Room.

She recounts how Trump battled to have a tanning bed installed when he moved into the White House. On Saturday, Trump called Manigault Newman a "lowlife".

Omarosa Manigault has a book coming out and she's wasting no time to promote it.

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