"She made it up".
While Trump trades in insults on a near daily basis, deeming Manigault Newman a "dog" was a stunning move. Ms Manigault Newman also provided NBC's Meet The Press with a recording of Mr Kelly firing her in 2017, in which he said there had been "significant integrity issues".
If he doesn't have it in his vocabulary and never did, it's a wonder he needed Apprentice producer Mark Burnett to assure him no such tape exists before tweeting out his claim he doesn't use the slur.
A former contestant on his TV show "The Apprentice", Manigault Newman became an assistant to the president, earning $179,000 a year as director of communications for the White House office of public liaison. She attempted to clear up that discrepancy - in her book she says she didn't hear it herself - when she said she heard him use the N-word after the book had gone to press.
Last night Trump denied allegations he used the N-word and called Manigault Newman 'wacky and deranged'.
Trump's White House has always amounted to an irregular workplace, sometimes proudly so.
But if the media is saying Newman is a "liar and a back-stabber with no credibility", Colbert noted she's "exactly like everyone else in the Trump administration".
"She knew that Celebrity Big Brother might be make-or-break for her landing a book deal and she maximized that moment", the insider source told The Daily Mail. She pointed to Manigault's previous claims that she hadn't heard the tape until after her book was finalized, then pointed to Patton's statement that contradicts Manigault's claim.
While many may laugh it off as just the "latest chapter of what reads more like a reality television show than a normal presidency", it should be taken seriously Associate Professor in American Politics at University of Sydney's United States Studies Centre, Brendon O'Connor said. "They want me out there talking more". "Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her".
But critics condemned Manigault Newman for secretly recording in the White House's Situation Room. But Manigault Newman said he "probably instructed General Kelly to do it".
"I took it all kind of at face value", she said.
"Look at her MANY recent quotes saying", he added in a second tweet, "such wonderful and powerful things about me - a true Champion of Civil Rights - until she got fired".
Guthrie asked, "Do you think the president lies often?" to which the guest replied, "Oh, absolutely, in fact..."
She added, "This is his pattern with African-Americans".
The former reality star highlighted two outfits in her new book "Unhinged" - a pink "pussy bow" blouse that the First Lady wore after the controversial Access Hollywood tape was unearthed.
"He was certainly going after him because of his race", she told MSNBC's Chris Matthews ahead of the release of her tell-all book about the current White House administration.