When Mr. Todd asked Ms. Manigault Newman if she had ever heard the president say the slur, she said, “You know, I was in his presence when he said inappropriate things, but he has never said the N-word in my presence. Ever.” She did not say which “inappropriate things” she had heard.
But Ms. Manigault Newman said that, after finishing her book, she had gone to Los Angeles to visit a person who had a copy of the tape in which Mr. Trump is said to use the slur. “I heard his voice, as clear as you and I are sitting here,” she told Mr. Todd, adding: “It confirmed that he is truly a racist.”
As Mr. Todd read quote after quote over several years in which Ms. Manigault Newman defended Mr. Trump in public, she said she had played a role in selling the administration’s version of reality to the public, calling herself “totally complicit.”
“In fact, I had a blind spot where it came to Donald Trump,” she said. “I wanted to see the best in him. And obviously I, I felt miserably.”
On ABC News’s “This Week,” the White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, was pressed on Ms. Manigault Newman’s claim that she was offered a hush-money contract with the Trump re-election campaign for $15,000 a month. It is the same amount that a few others who have departed the White House under inauspicious circumstances are receiving.
Ms. Conway said “that is not what was offered” to Ms. Manigault Newman. She acknowledged that all West Wing officials had signed nondisclosure agreements, a measure that Mr. Trump relied on for decades as a real estate developer.
“Why wouldn’t we?” she asked when the host, Jon Karl, pressed her on the issue.
Former White House lawyers and government ethics experts have said the agreements raised serious legal questions and reflected Mr. Trump’s refusal to submit to the norms of public disclosure or respect free speech rights.
Ms. Conway said Ms. Manigault Newman was manufacturing events.
“I have worked alongside that man for over two straight years now without interruption; I have never a single time heard him use a racial slur about anyone,” she said. “And it’s — and I also never heard Omarosa complain that he had done that. And so the only thing that’s changed is that she’s now selling books.”