‘WACKY OMAROSA’: Trump lashes out at fired former staffer over ‘racist’ allegations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Monday unleashed his rage against Omarosa Manigault, a former White House political aid who recently launched a slew of accusations against Trump and his staff.

“Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time,” he wrote on Twitter. “She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart.”

“I would rarely see her but heard really bad things,” the president wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me – until she got fired!”

“While I know it’s “not presidential” to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible,” Trump continued. “Sorry!”

The president’s attack follows Manigault’s recent press releases while promoting a new book about her time at the White House, “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House” in which she claims to have secretly recorded the president and high ranking members of his staff. In a series of interviews, the former reality TV star claims that she has heard other recordings of the president, recorded without his knowledge, in which he refers to African-Americans in derogatory terms. She also claims that she once witnessed the president chew and swallow a piece of paper passed to him by his attorney at the time, Michael Cohen, that contained sensitive information.

In response to Manigault’s claims, a number of high profile people mentioned in her book have come forward to not only deny her allegations but refute them.

“I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149,” political pollster Frank Lutz wrote on Twitter. “She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word. Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.”

Cohen, also took to Twitter to refute Omarosa’s claims.

“LTo the many dozens of #journalists who called me, questioning @OMAROSA claim in her new book that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump took a note from me, put it in his mouth and ate it,” Cohen wrote. “I saw NO such thing and am shocked anyone would take this seriously.”

In a recently released recording, Manigault can be heard talking to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly as he tells her that her services were being terminated due to “serious ethical violations”.

Manigault was reportedly so angered by the termination that she had to be escorted off White House property White House security, a claim that she continues to deny.

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SECOND AMENDMENT SHOWDOWN: Congress returns as debate over gun control rages on

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress returned to work Monday after a ten-day break with advocates on both sides of the gun control debate demanding to be heard.

The Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and President Donald Trump’s subsequent calls on Congress to take action are expected to top the list of issues congressional members will face following their return.

In the wake of the deadly shooting in which 17 people were reportedly killed, the president called for a stricter background-check system for Congress to raise the minimum age for some gun purchases to 21. On Tuesday, the president also directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to draft regulations that would ban “bump stocks,” devices which allow semiautomatic weapons to fire at a faster pace.

“I think we’re going to have a great bill put forward very soon having to do with background checks, having to do with getting rid of certain things and keeping other things, and perhaps we’ll do something on age,” Trump said in a Fox News Channel interview Saturday night. “We are drawing up strong legislation right now having to do with background checks, mental illness. I think you will have tremendous support. It’s time. It’s time.”

The president also called for select, specially trained educators to carry weapons on school grounds.

“Armed Educators (and trusted people who work within a school) love our students and will protect them,” he tweeted (https://tinyurl.com/y7so7rbf). “Very smart people. Must be firearms adept & have annual training. Should get yearly bonus. Shootings will not happen again – a big & very inexpensive deterrent. Up to States.”

But anti-gun advocates claim those steps are simply not enough and are demanding that lawmakers ban AR-15s and similar semi-automatic rifles like those used in the shooting.

“The real test of President Trump and the Republican Congress is not words and empathy, but action,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y said on the matter. “Will President Trump and the Republicans finally buck the NRA and get something done?” Schumer asked. “I hope this time will be different.”

Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Sunday he planned to renew an effort with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to expand background checks for commercial gun sales, but he said he was “skeptical” about proposals to raise the minimum age for civilians to buy guns.

“I’m very skeptical about that because the vast majority of 18-, 19-, 20-, 21-year-olds are law-abiding citizens who aren’t a threat to anyone,” Toomey told host NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) agreed with Toomey’s stance on implementing higher age restrictions and praised the president’s call to arm educators.

“Those are false senses of security,” he told “Meet the Press” on raising the age requirement to purchase certain firearms to 21 (https://tinyurl.com/ya2vgfsh). “And in 10 years we’re still going to have school shootings unless you propose real legislation like President Trump has proposed, that would allow teachers to be armed.”

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