Omarosa Contradicts her Book, Says She Actually Heard Tape of Trump Using the Word “Nigger”

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Did she or didn’t she?

In an interview on Friday with NPR, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said she has heard President Trump on an “Apprentice” tape using the N-word.

But in her new memoir “Unhinged,” she never says she has personally heard the tape.

She told NPR something different on Friday. In an interview with reporter Rachel Martin, Omarosa claimed to have heard the tape with Trump using the slur.

“Hearing it changed everything for me,” she said.

According to a published report by NPR, when asked about the discrepancy, Omarosa said the reporter must not have read the book (she had, according to NPR) and pointed to a section, which describes her calling one of her “sources” about the tape.

In the book she writes:

“On this phone conversation, I was told exactly what Donald Trump said – yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant – and when he’d said them.

“During production he was miked, and there is definitely an audio track.”

When pressed, she told NPR: “I heard the tape.”

In “Unhinged,” Omarosa claims she was let go by the White House because she was trying to prove the existence of tapes with Trump using the N-word on “The Apprentice.”

Her claims regarding the tapes were first reported by The New York Times and The Guardian.

In the book, obtained by USA TODAY, Omarosa says she is now convinced her former mentor is a “racist.”

The former White House aide and reality TV star says she has not heard the tapes herself, but claims sources have told her that audio exists and that Trump uses the racial slur.

“Apprentice” producer Bill Pruitt first claimed in October 2016 that there were tapes of Trump using the N-word and other slurs on the reality TV program. Omarosa competed in the show’s first season.

In 2016, Mark Burnett, producer of “The Apprentice,” would neither confirm nor deny the tapes exist, but said that even if they did, he couldn’t release them because he doesn’t control them. (Though MGM bought Burnett’s production company in 2014, he is the studio’s TV chief.)

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SOURCE: Jocelyn McClurg
USA TODAY