Savannah Guthrie was not letting Omarosa Manigault-Newman step all over her during an interview on Monday, August 13. The former White House staffer was there to promote her book, and she was flustered by the hard questions the ‘Today’ show host had for her. She just couldn’t keep her cool. Watch the clip above for a taste of what went down.
In the book, Omarosa, 44, makes many accusations about President Donald Trump and she claims she has the tapes to back them all up.
At the beginning of the interview, Savannah plays an exclusive clip from the tapes, where Trump tells Omarosa he’s upset she’s been let go.
“Omarosa? Omarosa what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving? What happened?” he says.
“General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave,” she responds. John Kelly is the Chief of Staff.
“Nobody even told me about it,” he says. “You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it. I didn’t know that. Goddamn it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”
When Savannah asked Omarosa if she thought the president was lying there, she got annoyed. “You can’t ask a question and then ask another question without my answer,” she said, continually talking over Savannah to get her talking points out.
“Do you think the president lies often?” Savannah asked. Omarosa agreed, then started to go into a long speech. When the host asked a follow-up question, the former Apprentice star said, “Savannah slow down, I’m gonna Please view this post in your web browser to complete the quiz. your questions. Don’t worry I’m here, I’ve got all the time you need so you don’t have to ask ten questions in one second.” This ended up being untrue, as Omarosa ended the interview after ten minutes, saying Savannah knew that she had to leave after seven.
Later in the interview, Omarosa told Savannah to “calm down” when she asked how she taped General Kelly in the situation room.
She also claimed that after she finished her book she heard tapes of the President calling black people who worked on The Apprentice the n-word. She appeared on that show in 2004 and again on The Celebrity Apprentice in 2008. Omarosa worked on Trump’s presidential campaign before joining the White House in 2016.
Trump responded to this accusation on Twitter, saying the tape doesn’t exist. He notably didn’t say he didn’t say it, though.
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