Update: The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the Trump campaign is filing arbitration action against Omarosa for breaching a confidentiality agreement signed prior to joining the campaign in 2016.
Though she signed a confidentiality agreement covering her time on the campaign, she did not sign one prior to joining the administration. When she was fired in December 2017, the administration offered her a $15,000-per-month job on the team to get Trump reelected in 2020 if she would agree to sign a nondisclosure agreement covering her time in the White House. She refused.
On Monday, Trump tweeted about a nondisclosure agreement signed by “Wacky Omarosa.” It isn’t clear to which agreement Trump is referring, but legal experts have said that an NDA signed by government employees would not be enforceable.
President Trump spent most of Tuesday morning alternating between attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the former Apprentice star and White House aide who has unleashed hell on her former employer in the form of a tell-all book and a string of TV appearances bashing the president. Trump’s Executive Time tweets about recently fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and the “17 Angry Democrats” were boilerplate. His tweets about Omarosa were far uglier.
Beyond Trump’s abhorrent rhetoric, the very logic of the tweet raises questions. When most people decide to give a “crazed, crying lowlife a break,” they’re loaning them a few hundred dollars, or maybe letting them crash on the couch for a week or so. They’re not giving them $180,000-a-year jobs at the White House and entrusting them to serve the American people with integrity. The tweet underscores just how seriously Trump takes the greatest responsibility any American could ever have, which is not very.
Making a cameo in the last sentence of that tweet is one of Trump’s favorite insults: calling someone a “dog.” On Twitter alone he has demeaned David Gregory, Erick Erickson, Steve Bannon, Glenn Beck and others for being “fired like dogs.” He’s leveled the insult in various other forms at wide array of characters who have passed through his orbit, from Mitt Romney (who “choked like a dog”), to rapper Mac Miller (an “ungrateful dog”), to actress Kristen Stewart (who cheated on Robert Pattinson “like a dog”). In the case of Omarosa, Trump may have wanted to stop for a second and consider the racial implications of calling an African-American woman an animal as he tries to fend off allegations that he is a virulent racist.
The tweet was, as of this publication, the latest of several attacks the president has levied against Omarosa since her recent publicity tour began. After tweeting Monday morning that she is “not smart” and that “people in the White House hated her,” that night the president allegedly received a call from television producer Mark Burnett. He couldn’t wait until morning to tweet about it.
The alleged “TAPES” are likely the reason Trump is so incensed over his former aide’s book tour. It has been rumored since before the 2016 election that Trump was recorded saying the n-word during a taping of The Apprentice. Mark Burnett, the show’s producer who denounced Trump during the campaign, has previously said that he will not release any tapes from the show. Though many have questioned their existence, several figures associated with the show have claimed that recording exist of Trump saying the n-word. Tom Arnold, who tweeted about the purported tape prior to the election, recently explained to Rolling Stone‘s Briatt Hiatt that Trump allegedly uttered the slur as he was shooting down an idea to dine at Rao’s in Harlem. “‘I don’t want to go uptown with all those n——,’” Arnold recalled Trump saying.