Her book has come under intense scrutiny with many calling it a tome of falsehoods and uncorroborated gossip.
"Absolutely", replied Manigault-Newman.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., says he sees a "positive" difference in President Donald Trump's stance on racism in America, praising him for going "in the right direction".
"In fact, I had a blind spot where it came to Donald Trump", she said.
"Secretly recording conversations in the Situation Room isn't just wildly inappropriate, it's a threat to our national security". Manigault Newman provides no proof of the alleged recording. The Trump campaign has not commented on the story.
Another senior White House official described Newman as unprofessional, and recalled that she would shop online during meetings.
Manigault Newman then spoke about the recording. She said that she was "totally complicit" when she defended the president after the Charlottesville riots one year ago.
'To 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.I saw NO such thing and am shocked anyone would take this seriously, ' he said. The Associated Press purchased an early copy. The White House announced in December previous year that Newman was leaving her post.
On ABC News This Week, White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway was pressed on Newman's claim that she was offered a hush-money contract with the Trump re-election campaign for $US15,000 ($20,000) a month. But Sunday she tells Chuck Todd that, after the book closed, she was able to hear it personally.
The White House responded by slamming the book and its author and chastising the press for writing about it.
And she compares the President's mind to a boring blade, suggesting he no longer pronounces long words correctly and has trouble recollecting his rationale for major decisions, including firing FBI Director James Comey.
When Manigault was sacked from her White House post in December 2017, she recorded her sitdown with Gen. John Kelly, Donald Trump's chief of staff, who broke the news.
The White House shot back, stating that Manigault-Newman's termination for alleged ethical violations was handled properly. But she has recordings. Now there are concerns that her allegations will have more validity backed up by tapes.
"Donald Trump was uncannily intuitive and extremely perceptive".
"Treating someone with love and kindness after abuse is a classic cult tactic", she wrote.
Manigault Newman appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," which played portions of audio she claims were taped inside the Situation Room of the White House, a secure location commonly used for classified discussions where cell phones or other recording devices are barred.
But in the battle of credibility between a scorned staffer and an administration that routinely lies, few winners emerge.
"We're gonna talk to you about leaving the White House".
"I did not sign an NDA like that", he told The Post.