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Omarosa says she secretly taped her firing, plays audio

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Former Newman said today she secretly recorded conversations she had in the White House, including her firing by in the high-security

It was a highly unusual admission, which immediately drew fire from allies of the

Parts of her conversation with Kelly were played on the air during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" to promote her new book, "Unhinged," which will be released next week.

In it, she paints a damning picture of Donald Trump, including claiming without evidence that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed his "The Apprentice" reality series, on which she co-starred.

Newman said in the book that she had not personally heard the recording. But she told on Sunday that, after the book had closed, she was able to hear a recording of Trump during a trip to

"I heard his voice as clear as you and I are sitting here," she said on the show. But the other recording she discussed today could prove equally explosive.

"Who in their right mind thinks it's appropriate to secretly record the in the " tweeted Ronna McDaniel, of the

The is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, and staff are not permitted to bring in or other recording devices.

In the recording played on air, and which Newman quotes in the book, Kelly can be heard saying she can look at her time at the as a year of "service to the nation" and referring to potential "difficulty in the future relative to your reputation."

said she viewed the comment as a "threat" and defended her decision to covertly record it and other conversations, describing it as a form of protection.

"If I didn't have these recordings, no one in would believe me," she said.

The White House did not immediately respond to the tape, but has tried to discredit the book.

White House called it "riddled with lies and false accusations" and Trump on Saturday labeled a "lowlife."

White House Kellyanne Conway also questioned Manigault Newman's credibility in an interview Sunday on ABC's ""

"The first time I ever heard Omarosa suggest those awful things about this are in this book," she said, noting "is somebody who gave a glowing appraisal of the businessman, the star of the 'The Apprentice,' the candidate and, indeed, the president of the "

Conway said that, in her more than two years working with Trump, she has never heard him use a racial slur about anyone.

Manigault Newman had indeed been a staunch defender of the president for years, including pushing back, as the highest-profile African-American in the White House, on accusations that he was racist.

But Manigault Newman now says she was "used" by Trump for years, calling him a "con" who "has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities" and is "truly a racist."

"I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation," she said. "I had a blind spot where it came to "

On the anniversary of the deadly gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Manigault Newman told Todd that Trump uses race to "stir up his base" and doesn't have the ability to bring the country together "because he puts himself over country every day.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 22:30 IST