In an attempt to stretch out her 15 minutes as long as humanly possible, Omarosa Manigault-Newman released two more pieces of audio she secretly recorded during her time at the White House.
She claims she’s showing how “unhinged” — that’s the name of her tell-all book, by the way — President Trump is, but the remarks made on the clips is underwhelming. Mostly because Donald Trump has said close to — if not exactly — the same things in public.
On her media tour on Monday, Omarosa talked about how Trump rants and rambles and jumps around with topics. Uh, yeah, we know.
In a partial transcript of the two pieces of audio from NBC News, no one says anything that’s new or shocking, despite Omarosa’s ginned up insistence that she’s providing a national service.
First, Trump talking about the Americans killed in Niger:
Trump: We had 3.2 last quarter before this, so it’s really, it’s really going good. And we have a lot of things happening on the economic front. I think the military’s doing good. And now, on Niger. So, what happens is we’re decimated — You know, it’s a rough business. They’re rough too, they wanna kill us.
We’ve let the military do what they have to do. And whether you call it rules of engagement or any way you want to say it, but we’ve let them do. And in the Middle East, there’s very few left. We really — we’ve done a very good job. We’ve done more in 7 months, because really it’s 7 months that we’ve started — we’ve done more in 7 months than they’ve done in 8 years, okay? And so we’re — But what happens, is now they flee, and they flee to Africa, and they flee to Niger, and countries around there. And that’s how these [inaudible] people get attacked, and they got attacked by 50 real fighters.
These were people in many cases, that were in the Middle East, that now go to Africa to try and, you know, cause problems there. And ultimately they wanna come back here, because this is where they really wanna be. So it’s a rough uh, business. I wouldn’t, I don’t think I’d want to be a terrorist right now. [laughter] It’s not a good life, but it’s uh, the only thing that — What else is there? But um, but that is — You know, people don’t say that. The reason they’re there, is because we forced them out, and it’s not nearly as many, it’s not nearly as intense, but it’s pretty intense, you see that happening. So that’s that.
And the second, talking about the Clinton campaign’s involvement with the Steele dossier,
Trump: I think Hillary is getting killed with Russia. The real Russia story is Hillary and collusion. Somebody told me, Hope, you told me it was $9 million they spent on the phony report.
Sanders: Closer to six.
Hope Hicks: Yeah, someone just said, “She’s far worse for the country than we thought if she didn’t know her own campaign was spending $9 million.”
Trump: Did you see? Nobody knows who spent it. No, I heard it was nine. I heard it was 5.7 but now they say it was nine. It was spent through a law firm that way they can’t trace it. But they traced it. One thing in this business is they trace it. And, yeah, close to $9 million. I can’t even believe it. The reason a law firm is because this way you don’t have to give any papers. But they found out, it’s definitely illegal and it’s illegal from a campaign standpoint, from a campaign financing standpoint. So the whole Russia thing, I think seems to have turned around. What do you think, Sarah?
There’s nothing new or shocking here.
If nothing else, Omarosa’s major service with all of her attention-whoring is showing us just how bad Trump’s judgment actually is when choosing which people he surrounds himself with.
If only the media had the wherewithal to ignore Omarosa’s flagrant self-promotion and realize she adds zero value to any discussion. But I’m afraid as long as there is a Trump, there will be Omarosa.