Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former presidential adviser, is accusing Trump of using the N-word before he was elected. In her new memoir about her time in the White House, Manigault Newman claims there is a recording of Trump using the slur during a taping of his reality television show “The Apprentice.”
Sanders was pressed by reporters on the accusation during a White House press briefing on Tuesday afternoon. Although she called Manigault Newman’s allegations “salacious” and “ridiculous,” Sanders did not guarantee that Americans would never hear Trump saying the N-word.
“I can’t guarantee anything,” Sanders said. “I can tell you that I’ve never heard it.”
Sanders blasted Manigault Newman’s credibility, and pointed to Trump’s tweets addressing the controversy.
“Look, I haven’t been in every room,” Sanders said. “I think if you look at the actions that this president has taken, certainly the policies that he’s enacted, you can see the heart of who he is. And you can see exactly what he has done and the type of president and person he is.”
Earlier in the day, Manigault Newman released the latest tape she secretly recorded during her time working under Trump. She says the tape the tape show campaign staffers discussing how to spin Trump’s use of a racial slur. Both staffers taped, Katrina Pierson and Lynn Patton, deny the existence of such a tape. Rumors about the alleged “N-word tape” first circulated during the 2016 campaign.