April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN contributor, called former Trump administration aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a "liar" and "evil" on Sunday.
Ryan, a frequent critic of the Trump administration, appeared on CNN's "Reliable Sources" where she told host Brian Stelter about her own dealings with Newman.
The former Trump aide and reality TV contestant said earlier on Sunday that she had provided NBC a recording she made of her firing from the administration. Newman had worked on Trump's campaign and then in the administration for about a year before White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her. She had previously known the president from being on "The Apprentice," the reality TV show hosted by Donald Trump before he was won the 2016 presidential election.
Ryan first explained her current relationship with the former Trump aide.
"I've known Omarosa for years and we are not friends anymore," she said.
The CNN contributor said that while working in the Trump administration, Newman made moves to derail her career and reporting.
"She's not a friend; she's a liar and I would say she's evil," Ryan said.
"I hope she can respond to that at some point soon, calling her ‘evil,’" Stelter said.
"She will. I'm sure she will," Ryan said.
Newman has been making media appearances to promote her new book, Unhinged.
Ryan is not the only one to criticize Newman recently. Trump himself called her a "lowlife" on Saturday. The president followed up his comments on Monday via tweet, saying "Wacky Omarosa" was "vicious, but not smart" and "People in the White House hated her."
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, a Democrat, also said that claims Trump made racial comments about him were untrue. Pollster Frank Luntz also said Newman's claims he heard Trump make racial slurs were "flat-out false."
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