Omarosa releases new tape of Trump discussing the Niger ambush that left 4 US soldiers dead
The former White House aide said that she felt the president's comments were disrespectful of the soldier's deaths, particularly when he and his staffers were laughing over it
President Donald Trump reportedly made light of the deaths of four US soldiers who were killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4, 2017, according to a new tape recording released by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.
Reports state that the tape was recorded by Manigault Newman nearly two weeks after the incident, during a meeting the president had with his communications department about the movement of terrorists and the ambush.
The tape was played for MSNBC host Craig Melvin on Monday and the television host said that the way Trump made light of the situation shows how "unhinged and inappropriate" he is.
The president, on the tape, can be heard explaning that the attacks were carried out by terrorists from the Middle Wast who went into Africa "to try and, you know, cause problems there.” Trump then adds that the most of the terrorists just wants to get back to the US "because this is where they really want to be."
“So it’s a rough, uh, business,” he says, and adds, “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?”
The former White House aide, while talking to Melvin, said that she felt the president's comments were disrespectful of the soldier's deaths, particularly when he and his staffers were laughing over it.
Manigault Newman said: "They were laughing because he’s, like, making light of the situation, he’s saying, ‘Well, I wouldn’t want to be a terrorist,’ she said, “But it’s not a laughing matter. We lost four American soldiers and four of our allies, the Nigerien troops that we were fighting alongside.”
She added that the president's dismissive attitude towards the soldiers was more insulting in retrospect considering the manner in which he spoke with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the soliders killed in the attack.
Myeshia Johnson, while talking to ABC of the encounter with the president, had said: "He couldn’t remember my husband’s name. I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name." Reports state that Trump also told her that her husbands "knew what he signed up for."
“And it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone in his voice and how he said it," Myeshia Johnson added.
The release of the tape is the latest by Manigault Newman, who has released several other tapes of conversations between top White House aides, which she had reportedly recorded during her stint in the Trump administration until she was fired last year in December.