Donald Trump literally ate sensitive documents, claims former White House aide

  • Updated
  • 12/08/2018

A former White House aide claims she walked in on President Donald Trump eating paper following a meeting with lawyer Michael Cohen, in an attempt to destroy sensitive documents.

The revelation comes in Omarosa Manigault Newman's soon-to-be-released book, Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House.

In a chapter from the book - a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post ahead of its official release - she recalls watching him put a note in his mouth.

"Since Trump was ever the germaphobe, I was shocked he appeared to be chewing and swallowing the paper. It must have been something very, very sensitive," she wrote.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since released a statement saying the claim is not true, describing Ms Manigault Newman as a disgruntled former employee eager to profit off false attacks.

The Trump administration was also quick to discredit her as a former employee, accusing her of being difficult and involved in a range of employment issues.

Amongst the other allegations in the book, Ms Manigault Newman says she was offered US$15,000 to remain silent following her removal from a role at the White House.

She also calls President Trump a "racist, misogynist and bigot" and claims he has his own tanning bed in the White House.

Ms Newman has known Mr Trump for over a decade, including working with him during his show The Apprentice, where she said a tape was made of him using the N-word.