DC Daily: Trump continues attack on Omarosa; campaign suing ex-aide, according to reports

DC Daily: Trump continues attack on Omarosa; campaign suing ex-aide, according to reports
Posted at 9:01 AM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 12:01:12-04

Here's what's making headlines in the political world on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018:

Trump campaign suing Omarosa for violating non-disclosure agreement, reports say
-- President Trump's campaign said Tuesday it has filed for arbitration, accusing Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former campaign aide and White House official, of breaching a 2016 nondisclosure agreement with the campaign.

The move is the first legal action the Trump campaign has taken since Manigault Newman published a tell-all book about her time as a Trump campaign adviser and senior White House official.

"Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has filed an arbitration against Omarosa Manigault Newman, with the American Arbitration Association in New York City, for breach of her 2016 confidentiality agreement with the Trump Campaign," a Trump campaign official said in a statement to CNN.

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Trump calls Omarosa a "dog" in latest attack on ex-aide
-- President Trump on Tuesday referred to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, the only African-American to have served in a senior role in the White House, as a "dog."

"When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!" Trump tweeted Tuesday.

Referring to an African-American woman as an animal is at best a sharp departure from the language typically employed by Presidents and at worst a reference that traffics in sexual and racial imagery. Trump has long denied being racist and has dismissed a claim made by Manigault Newman that he used a racial slur on the set of "The Apprentice." He's also invoked "dog" to insult non-African-Americans -- including Mitt Romney and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

As president, however, Trump has stoked racial tensions in the US, blaming "both sides" after violence sparked last year by a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also also privately referred some African nations as "s***hole countries" and lambasted the protests led overwhelmingly by black NFL players.

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Vice President Pence in Cincinnati to promote gubernatorial candidate
-- Vice President Mike Pence will be in Cincinnati Tuesday to promote Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in his race for governor and to deliver remarks at a "Tax Cuts to Put America First" event.

Pence is scheduled to arrive at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport around noon Eastern.

After his arrival, he will be at a Mike DeWine for Governor event to promote DeWine in his race against Richard Cordray.

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CNN contributed to this report