Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the flamboyant reality TV star and former White House official, claims in her new tell-all book that she detected a "mental decline" in President Donald Trump during her raucous 7-month tenure with the administration.
The observation emerges in an excerpt of "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," which was obtained by the Daily Mail. The book is set for release Aug. 14.
In it, she described her reaction to watching Trump’s interview with NBC’s Lester Holt in May 2017 regarding the firing of FBI director James Comey.
“Donald rambled. He spoke gibberish. He contradicted himself from one sentence to the next,” she wrote, saying she watched the interview on TV in a White House press office.
According to the Daily Mail's excerpt, Hope Hicks, who was then White House communications director, had prepped Trump for the interview and emphasized repeatedly that he was supposed to say that he had fired Comey based on the recommendation by the Department of Justice.
Instead, he said:
“I was going to fire Comey, knowing there was no good time to do it. And, in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election.’”
That, wrote Manigault-Newman, was a clue that something wasn't right.
“While watching the interview I realized that something real and serious was going on in Donald’s brain," she wrote. "His mental decline could not be denied. Many didn’t notice it as keenly as I did because I knew him way back when. They thought Trump was being Trump, off the cuff. But I knew something wasn’t right.”
Manigault-Newman first met Trump when she appeared on The Apprentice. In the 1990s, she worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore during the Clinton administration and later at the Commerce Department.
For much of 2017, she served as director of communications for the office of public liaison for the White House, but was fired by Chief of Staff John Kelly in December. She had to be “physically dragged and escorted off the campus,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
She denied the claim and said she had resigned.
After leaving the White House, Manigault-Newman stirred controversy again by appearing on Celebrity Big Brother where she said she was "haunted" by Trump's daily tweets.
She also told house guest Ross Matthews on the show that she didn't think America was in good hands. When asked for reassurance about the state of the Trump White House, Omarosa replied: “It’s gonna not be okay. It’s not. It’s so bad.” She also said she wouldn’t vote for Trump again “in a million years.”