The woman known mainly by her first name—Omarosa—went from self-described reality TV actress to White House staffer, all alongside Donald Trump. She adds tell-all author to her resume on August 14, 2018, when her expose' on working in the Trump White House—titled Unhinged— comes out.
But Omarosa is not just another former White House official making claims that the Trump administration can dismiss as fake news.
The Daily Beast broke the story of the recordings on Wednesday.
EXCLUSIVE: Omarosa secretly recorded conversations with Trump while working in The White House, and she has played… https://t.co/cfxT0eZWUR— The Daily Beast (@The Daily Beast) 1533757450.0
While no tweet from President Trump addressing the recordings or Omarosa's book exists yet, people quickly found a 2013 Twitter post that then-reality TV performer Trump made about her, that he may want to take back after today's news:
Honest Omarosa: she won't backstab-she'll come at you from the front.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1362964222.0
As others observed:
There is always a tweet https://t.co/UIE1gdlD3G— Ben Jacobs (@Ben Jacobs) 1533758746.0
@Bencjacobs @SoSofieFatale There really is a Trump tweet for everything. He’s like Nostradamus for his own political downfall.— Georgia (@Georgia) 1533771989.0
In fact, people found more than one tweet. In another 2013 Twitter post, Trump marvels at the idea of anyone being afraid of Omarosa.
@atrupar I'll bet he's afraid now. 🤣 https://t.co/y5F55dZUt4— D Villella ❄️ (@D Villella ❄️) 1533761765.0
Omarosa Manigault-Newman first came to public attention in 2004 after appearing on the first season of NBC's reality television series, The Apprentice, starring Donald Trump. But that was only the beginning of their relationship.
The two teamed up again in 2008 and 2013 on the more popular The Celebrity Apprentice.
In 2015, Trump refers to her as a loyal friend in reference to a television appearance she made early in the 2016 presidential campaign.
.@OMAROSA You were fantastic on television this weekend. Thank you so much – you are a loyal friend!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1439231127.0
During the Republican National Convention in July 2016, Omarosa announced her role as Director of African-American Outreach for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. After the election she joined Vice President Mike Pence's transition team and later joined the White House staff as the Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison.
Back in 2013, Trump said he would always like Omarosa because "she constantly defends me."
I'll always like @OMAROSA because she constantly defends me. #CelebApprentice— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1362367429.0
But on December 13, 2017, the White House announced the resignation of Omarosa, effective January 20, 2018. The President took to Twitter to wish her well.
Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1513209498.0
As everyone expected, she shortly thereafter made her book deal announcement. Back in 2013, Trump asked the public to decide if Omarosa was "Nasty, tough or smart...or all?"
Re Omarosa: Nasty, tough or smart...or all?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1362968384.0
The Twittersphere enjoyed taking a poke at the President's assessment of Omarosa's honesty and loyalty. And the existence of the tapes.
@Bencjacobs Tweets that don't age well for a thousand Alex.— Shane Emery (@Shane Emery) 1533770676.0
@thedailybeast Lordy, there are tapes. https://t.co/HZm5vE0JJ2— Janet Shan (@Janet Shan) 1533757678.0
@thedailybeast @Boatoptional2 For the guy who is so careful about NOT being recorded, a lot of people have him on tape.— slappysquirrel (@slappysquirrel) 1533758611.0
@thedailybeast The #OmarosaTapes are a thing. LMAO. It turns out that Michael Cohen wasn't the only one recording… https://t.co/02OkEc8Pov— Janet Shan (@Janet Shan) 1533758478.0
@hinterlandg @thedailybeast I would have recorded conversations for my own sanity and play it back in his face: "Se… https://t.co/gbdKno2nKR— Annmarie - That girl (@Annmarie - That girl) 1533760882.0
@hinterlandg @thedailybeast We're ALL damaged goods at this point.— Annmarie - That girl (@Annmarie - That girl) 1533762785.0
@thedailybeast Did anyone not tape Trump ?— Amy Heath (@Amy Heath) 1533757955.0
@A_Heath2016 @NEMOamerican201 @thedailybeast The funniest part of everyone taping Trump is that Trump thinks that h… https://t.co/cDRNZzh3XZ— Kim Gordon (@Kim Gordon) 1533760471.0
@thedailybeast At this point — who hasn’t recorded him? Besides, isn’t the stuff he says in public enough??? https://t.co/1mqpnMxoFG— Amanda ♨️ (@Amanda ♨️) 1533757835.0
As well as predicting the eventual Trump Twitter response.
@Bencjacobs "Stupid" Omarosa in 3, 2, 1...— MJ -- I believe her. (@MJ -- I believe her.) 1533765347.0