Defiant as Trump rages, Omarosa says she won't be silenced

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President Donald Trump used an obscenity to describe his own son, disparaged Harriet Tubman's looks, and dubbed his education secretary "Ditzy DeVos", according to former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman.

Burnett himself has not spoken publicly to back up Trump's assertion, and as a private citizen, is not obliged to say anything. "I never confirmed that Donald Trump said a derogatory term to Jason Miller".

But, lucky for Trump, despite his considerable efforts to keep Omarosa's name in the news, her book has not emerged as the best-seller that previous Trump admin inside accounts have been. "In her secret tape-recording of me, it was one of many times that I would placate Omarosa to move the discussion along because I was tired of her obsession over this alleged tape", Pierson said.

She has since stepped up her attacks on Trump as she promotes her book, telling The Associated Press on Tuesday that the president is 'a racist, a misogynist, a bigot'.

Sanders' statement was part of a defense against claims by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman that Trump made racist statements.

She was sacked from her senior White House role in December. Democratic US Representative Frederica Wilson, who is also an African-American, told CNN.

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Still, the former reality TV star-turned-political aide declined to answer several questions about her experiences during her year as the highest-ranking African-American aide in Trump's White House, citing the arbitration action.

The vitriol Trump unleashed, even exceeding his scorn after it was revealed that adviser Steve Bannon was the source of unflattering comments about the president's family in a book earlier this year, stands in stark contrast to the president's promise that he'd "surround myself only with the best and most serious people".

"And so I did, I chose to share it to expose her, [former senior assistant to Eric Trump] Lynne Patton, [chief campaign spokesman] Jason Miller, and the Trump campaign because there was a lot of talk about this n-word tape that so many people are pursuing and that folks refuse to release". A person familiar with the White House response to the investigation said that at no time prior to her departure did the Mueller team request documents related to her or seek an interview with her.

Now she has released a book filled with unsavory White House inside stories - Trump says the ones about him are false - and has been playing recordings of the president and others on TV. "Every single time he said something, at first I thought, 'Is he doing this intentionally?'" she said. "I'm surprised we don't see that a lot more in corporate America".

Minimal association with Trump, like taking a photograph with the President in the Oval Office, was enough for protesters to decry Historically Black Colleges and University presidents on their own campuses a year ago. She also says she is willing to do so again.

Donald Trump asked Simmons, "What do you think of Ivanka?" She once told PBS' Frontline: "Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down under President Trump".