Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman writes in her new book that President Donald Trump wanted to be sworn in on his own book, The Art of the Deal, instead of the Bible. She also says she later concluded that he is a racist and a bigot.
"Ultimately, the credibility of her accusations will rest primarily on what she can produce on audio tape", he writes.
After turning down the job, she said she received a "flurry" of letters from attorneys representing the president telling her to "stay silent about Trump, or else". "I rejected what other people said about him because they didn't know him like I did". "Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump", Manigault Newman said in an interview with PBS in 2016.
Manigault Newman, who got her big break as a contender on Trump's canceled TV show, The Apprentice, has, in the words of the NY magazine's Jonathan Chait "met a wall of skepticism bordering on reflexive disbelief".
But that offer came along with a stringent nondisclosure agreement that was as "harsh and restrictive" as she had seen while working in television.
On Friday, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, issued a statement on the book, saying it was "riddled with lies" and condemning Manigault Newman for not praising Trump.
In it, Manigault Newman describes a mentally waning, racist and lewd, charismatic but emotionally abusive, man overseeing a conniving cast of aides and family members whose varied goals rarely include the betterment of the nation. Hearing it changed everything for me, ' she said. "It's sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform".