President Donald Trump said on Monday night that he’d never used the N-word and that no tapes existed of him saying other inflammatory material, rebutting the claims made by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman that Trump repeatedly said the word during the filming of his reality-TV series “The Apprentice.”
“.@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa,” the president wrote on Twitter, claiming he talked to Burnett, who produces the series. “I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up.”
Manigault Newman has unleashed a torrent of criticism of her former boss, claiming in a new book that his mental faculties are declining and that he is ill suited for the presidency. The White House has scoffed at her claims as tawdry efforts by a disgruntled former employee to boost book sales. Trump has echoed the pushback with personal attacks on Manigault Newman, who first gained public attention as a contestant on “The Apprentice.”
“Look at her MANY recent quotes saying … such wonderful and powerful things about me — a true Champion of Civil Rights — until she got fired,” he continued in the two-part tweet. “Omarosa had Zero credibility with the Media (they didn’t want interviews) when she worked in the White House. Now that she says bad about me, they will talk to her. Fake News!”
In addition to claiming that she has recordings of White House aides, Manigault Newman has reignited the search for outtakes from “The Apprentice” in which Trump reportedly used the N-word at least once, if not multiple times.
Burnett, who could not immediately be reached for comment, has previously said he does not have the ability to release outtakes himself.
“MGM owns Mark Burnett’s production company and ‘The Apprentice’ is one of its properties,” a statement from MGM and Burnett, released in October 2016, said in part. “Despite reports to the contrary, Mark Burnett does not have the ability or the right to release footage or other material from ‘The Apprentice.’ Various contractual and legal requirement also restrict MGM’s ability to release such material.”