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Omarosa contradicts own book, says she heard rumored Trump 'N-word' tape

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Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said Friday that she had listened to a recording of a rumored tape from recordings of "The Apprentice" in which President Trump supposedly uses the N-word.

The former Trump administration staffer and "The Apprentice" contestant told NPR on Friday that she had heard the recording directly, calling it a major factor that changed her opinion of the president.

"I heard the tape," she said Friday, adding: "Hearing it changed everything for me."

Manigault Newman, who is black, is set to release a tell-all book, Unhinged, on Tuesday which details her time working for Trump during the 2016 campaign and eventual Trump administration.

In the book however, a passage near the end claims that she merely heard a recounting of the recording from a friend.

"On this phone conversation, I was told exactly what Donald Trump said - yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant - and when he'd said them," Manigault Newman's book reads, according to NPR.

"During production he was miked, and there is definitely an audio track," it continues.

On Friday, Manigault Newman insisted that the passage supported her claim, and that an NPR interviewer who confronted her over the discrepancy had merely not read the book.

a woman wearing a pink dress © Provided by The Hill The White House issued a blistering statement Friday on the impending release of Manigault Newman's book, calling her a "disgruntled former White House employee" who is "trying to profit off of these false attacks."

"Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous, this book is riddled with lies and false accusations," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

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