Ever since… Friday? Was it only Friday? Omarosa Manigault-Newman has been rampaging across news networks, sharing recordings of her bosses and dropping receipts on White House officials like an episode of Watch What Happens Live, Washington.
Today’s victim? President Donald Trump, who was apparently unaware at the time of her firing that she’d been fired. In the recording, obtained by NBC News, Manigault-Newman speaks with Trump, who had no idea she’d been let go from the White House the day before.
Manigault-Newman’s dismissal has been a source of fascination since it happened in December, with various reports saying she’d been physically removed from the White House, that she sprinted to the residence to desperately save her job, or that she resigned.
Either way, the president was unaware and, you won’t believe this (you will!), first saw the news on television.
#Breaking: @OMAROSA provides @NBCNews with this exclusive excerpt of a recording of a phone call that she says she received from President Trump the day after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her. pic.twitter.com/OJe47RdcDC— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 13, 2018
“Goddamit,” the president said in apparent frustration.
This is not that big a deal. Manigault-Newman wasn’t, like, his secretary of state, so it’s not that weird he didn’t know about her dismissal. The president has lots of things to do, and being aware of the employment status of the director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office is not high on the list. Or he was just feigning ignorance to get off easy himself. Cowardly as hell, but also fine.
Anyway, this could have all blown over except that, well, this morning, after the recording was revealed, you can guess what Trump did.
Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
…really bad things. Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me – until she got fired!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
Excellent. This will surely be the end of that.
Update 10:25am CT, Aug. 13: lol
While I know it’s “not presidential” to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018