But on Tuesday, he ratcheted up the war of words - to a level of nastiness rarely seen, even from a president who has shown he does not pull punches when insulting his critics. "She worked here for a year, and didn't have any of these things to say-in fact everything she said was quite the opposite".
Her departure landed her a deal for a tell-all book, which the White House has slammed as a series of "false attacks" written by a "disgruntled" former employee. The remark came during questions over whether Trump has ever used a racial slur. Manigault Newman's attorney said she hadn't see any legal action filed as of earlier today and had no comment, according to NBC News. Unhinged alleges Donald Trump used the N-word on The Apprentice and "has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities".
Williams asked, "Why did you repeat it?" "And I'm not going to be bullied by Donald Trump", she said.
"Donald said something like, 'Yeah, those were the good old days.' He turned to Don Jr. and said, 'You've got to get a** like that".
He went on to point to the current black unemployment numbers under Trump before asking, "Juan, didn't do you want a picture with Trump when he was in the building the other day?" Democratic U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson, who is also an African-American, told CNN. Just look at the economy alone.
The bold claims surfaced in a new book written by Omarosa Manigault-Newman which details her experience working as an aide at the White House and some of what she has to say is causing quite the controversy, including this insight regarding the First Lady. "I'm sorry for the mistake, but no apologies for the 700,000 jobs for African Americans created under President Trump".
During the briefing, as she sought to defend the President's record on race, Sanders said Trump has already tripled Obama's record over eight years for creating jobs for black workers. Their latest "fib" is over African-American job growth. I don't know who didn't sign them.
But just so we're clear... "He uses his rallies to really encourage people to bring down African-Americans". And I can tell you what the focus and the heart of the president is, and that's on helping all Americans.
The Atlantic describes Sanders' "non-denial" as "striking", given that the "existence of such a tape has been rumoured since before the 2016 election". And another tape with Omarosa and former Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson discussing Trump saying the N-word. He said it. He's embarrassed.
Press surrounding the book's publication has been amplified after the timing of Manigault Newman's release of secret recordings of her firing. To at least one black staffer on the campaign, this fit with what she knew about Trump.