President Donald Trump allegedly used racial slurs to describe George Conway, the Filipino-American husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
The accusation comes from Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former aide who claimed to have heard Trump calling Conway a “flip” and a “goo-goo” during her White House stint, according to The Guardian.
Manigault Newman, an African-American, exposes “truly appalling things” about Trump in “Unhinged,” a tell-all book set for publication this week.
“Would you look at this George Conway article?” she quoted the president as saying. “F**ing FLIP! Disloyal! Fucking Goo-goo.”
Conway, whose mother is Filipina, is a prominent lawyer who reportedly removed himself from consideration for solicitor general, the fourth highest-ranking position in the Department of Justice.
It remains unclear which article allegedly angered Trump, but Conway received attention in June over an entry in Brookings Institution’s Lawfare blog, where he defended Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s efforts to investigate Russia’s supposed interference in the U.S. elections.
In her book, Manigault Newman also claims that Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, and then-campaign adviser, offered her a $15,000-a-month contract to remain silent after her dismissal, the Washington Post reported.
Additionally, the former staffer accused the president of eating a piece of paper after a meeting with Michael Cohen.
“I saw him put a note in his mouth. Since Trump was ever the germaphobe, I was shocked he appeared to be chewing and swallowing the paper. It must have been something very, very sensitive.”
The White House immediately rejected Manigault Newman’s allegations.
“Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous, this book is riddled with lies and false accusations,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
“It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration.”
Conway also dismissed Manigault Newman’s claims in a tweet.
“The allegation is not credible, and indeed is ridiculous, particularly in light of the timing of her departure from the White House — December 12, 2017. It’s absurd all around.”
The allegation is not credible, and indeed is ridiculous, particularly in light of the timing of her departure from the White House—December 12, 2017. It’s absurd all around.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) August 10, 2018