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The Latest: White House blasts Omarosa for recording talks

August 12, 2018

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2017, file photo, Omarosa Manigault, then-director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, center, speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, before the start of President Donald Trump's news conference. Omarosa Manigault Newman says she has concluded, after years of defending Donald Trump, that he is a bigot. She writes in a new book, "I had to go through the pain of witnessing his racism with my own eyes, and hearing it with my own ears, many times, until I couldn't deny it any longer."(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

The White House is blasting former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman for secretly recording a conversation with chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says 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 she says Manigault Newman’s decision to share the recording during a Sunday television appearance to promote her new book “further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee.”

Manigault Newman says the recording is one of a number she made in order to protect herself in a West Wing riven by infighting.

The Associated Press has independently listened to the recording of the conversation.

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9:50 a.m.

Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman says she secretly taped her firing by White House chief of staff John Kelly in the Situation Room.

And NBC’s “Meet the Press” is airing part of the conversation.

Manigault Newman is appearing on the show to promote her new book, “Unhinged,” which will be released next week.

In it, she paints a damming picture of President Donald Trump, including claiming that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed his “The Apprentice” reality series.

Manigault Newman had said in the book that she had not personally heard the recording. But Sunday she tells Chuck Todd that, after the book closed, she was able to hear it personally.

She says, “I heard his voice as clear as you and I are sitting here.”

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