“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the ex-reality star and former Trump aide who has since acccused the president of racism, on Sunday released what she claimed was a secret recording of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly “threatening” her in the White House Situation Room.
But White House officials pushed back immediately, saying Manigault-Newman’s termination for alleged ethical violations was handled appropriately and charging that she would have flagrantly violated security protocols by taping Kelly in the highly secured room in the basement of the West Wing.
“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Sunday evening.
In the recording, Kelly purportedly calls for Manigault-Newman’s “friendly departure” from the administration without any “difficulty in the future relative to your reputation.” According to the tape, Kelly continued by saying that things could get “ugly” for her, and that she was “open to some legal action” for conduct that would merit a court martial if she were in the military.
That comment was a “very obvious … threat,” Manigault-Newman told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” She said she had recorded the conversation because otherwise no one would believe her.
“We’ve got to talk to you about leaving the White House,” Kelly apparently says in the tape. “It’s come to my attention over the last few months that there’s been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you and the use of government vehicles and some other issues.” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/12/omarosa-releases-purported-secret-recording-chief-staff-john-kelly-threatening-her-in-situation-room.html