The White House, however, can't avoid the awkward questions - and when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about the n-word allegation, she gave a strikingly noncommittal answer.
He has also called Manigault-Newman a low-life and a dog who no one at the White House liked.
Now, it's important to note that Ms Manigault-Newman is not a reliable source. "He is embarrassed", Pierson, now a senior adviser on the Trump re-election campaign, says during a phone conversation with Manigault-Newman and another Trump aide, HUD official Lynne Patton.
Her book - which paints Trump as a racist, liar and a "germophobe" with a "total lack of empathy" - has plunged the White House and the President into fresh crisis, and her comments to the media have dominated USA headlines for days. "There have been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you", he is heard telling her, referencing her use of government vehicles and "money issues".
Noah noted that he personally would not have believed Manigault-Newman if she had not made the recordings, because of her role in the Trump administration. Alt has denied any romantic connection to Trump, according to People Magazine, but as the New York Daily News reported, she did say in 2016 that she supported Trump's bid for the White House, saying, "He'll shake things up".
The 44-year-old also referenced when Melania wore the 'I Really Don't Really Care, Do U?' jacket during a trip to the Texas Border facility - a time when the president enacted a "zero tolerance" immigration policy. This situation keeps getting more and more heated, and if Mr. Murray is right about how many tapes Manigault Newman still has then the Trump administration could be in for more humiliation and embarrassment in the days and weeks ahead.
Trump has claimed no such tapes exist, adding that the word is not in his vocabulary.
Pressed by reporters Wednesday for a specific number, Sanders said: "I'm not going to go through and do a count". "She said I was taking money from Hillary Clinton". A person familiar with the White House response to the investigation said that at no time prior to her departure did the Mueller team request documents related to her or seek an interview with her.
Manigault-Newman writes that she convinced Trump not to pursue the idea, and to never mention it to anyone else.