Omarosa Manigault Newman, who worked as aide in President Donald Trump’s White House, on Thursday released a recording of a conversation in which President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, offered her $15,000 a month to work on the President’s campaign after she was fired from the administration.
The recording, which aired on MSNBC, shows Lara Trump, an adviser on Trump’s campaign, negotiating terms for Manigault Newman firing.
The conversation reportedly took place on Dec. 16, 2017, just days after Manigault Newman was fired from the White House.
On the recording, Lara Trump mentions a story in The New York Times that suggests Manigault Newman could have more to say about her time in the White House following her departure.
“They wrote about you. It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you’ve got in the back pocket to pull out,” Lara Trump says on the recording.
“Clearly, if you come on board the campaign, like, we can’t have … Everything, everybody positive, right?” she adds.
Lara Trump goes on to describe the terms of Manigault Newman’s position, which she suggests would include some speaking engagements and would allow the former aide to work from Washington, D.C., or New York City, depending on her preference.
Lara Trump adds that the campaign would offer Manigault Newman a salary of $15,000 a month, which is a comparable amount to what she made in the White House.
The audio appears to confirm Manigault Newman’s claim in her new book that she was offered a job by the Trump campaign after leaving the White House. She alleges the payment amounted to hush money.
Lara Trump issued a statement shortly after the recording aired asserting that she offered Manigault Newman a job because the Trump family was concerned about her dismissal and “cared about her personally.”