Omarosa Manigault Newman, the ex-Apprentice contestant who served as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison a year ago, revealed on Meet the Press Sunday that she had recorded White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her.
She repeated what she asserts in the book: that Trump is a "racist, misogynist and bigot", a realization that she said dawned on her only as her rocky White House tenure came to an end.
She also claims without evidence that tapes exist of the president using the N-word repeatedly on the reality show's set.
A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. But she told Chuck Todd on Sunday that, after the book had closed, she was able to hear a recording of Trump during a trip to Los Angeles. "But I will say this to you, I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation", and suggested that it's still happening.
Soon after making that statement, she entered the White House as one of Trump's longest-serving aides, given an office, an assistant and the highest salary afforded an administration staffer.
The author says she now regards Kelly's phrasing as a "very obvious" threat that justifies her secretly recording the meeting.
"I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation. So I protected myself and now I am glad I did".
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Trump and an adviser to his administration, shared a string of three tweets Saturday evening. The Associated Press purchased an early copy of the memoir, which the White House has already slammed as "riddled with lies and false accusations".
Todd asked why she did not come to this conclusion sooner, noting that Trump had said many things over the years that people considered racist, including calling Mexicans "rapists" or saying that "both sides" were to blame for bloodshed during the white nationalist march in Charlottesville last year.
The former Apprentice contestant has been on the warpath ever since she was forced out, and the level of damage she might do to the Trump administration, armed with appear to be several secret recordings, remains to be seen. Trump blamed the violence on "many sides", rather than condemning the white supremacists who were protesting.
Raising a hand to his mouth, he turned to reporters in the room and called her a "low-life".