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By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha and Brian Ries, CNN
4:45 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018
4:45 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018

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3:23 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018

Sanders confirms authenticity of Trump-Omarosa audio

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked Tuesday whether she has any doubts about the authenticity of the recording Omarosa Manigault Newman released of a phone call with President Trump. She left no room for interpretation.

"I don't," she responded.

Trump on this audio tape said he did not know that Manigault Newman, a former White House aide and reality TV star, had been fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Listen to the call below:

3:23 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018

Sanders "can't guarantee" Trump hasn't used the N-word

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Asked whether President Trump had ever used the N-word, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders would not definitively say, instead referring reporters to his tweet.

“The President addressed that question directly,” she said, adding, “I’ve never heard him use that term or anything similar.”

Pressed specifically on whether any recording of the President using the racial epithet exists, Sander said: “I can’t guarantee anything, but I can tell you that the President addressed this question directly.”

She noted that Trump is someone who is “fighting for all Americans,” and his policies are helpful “particularly for African Americans,” citing African American unemployment statistics.

Watch more:

3:15 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018

Sarah Sanders says NDAs are common — but won't say if she's signed one

A reporter just asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders if she has signed a non-disclosure agreement, also known as an NDA.

Here's what she said:

"I'm not going back and forth who signs an NDA. I can tell you it's common for a lot of employees to sign NDAs, including in government, particularly with anyone with a security clearance."

Why we're talking about NDAs: 

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former White House aide and reality TV star, claims in her forthcoming book that President Trump's re-election campaign offered her a lucrative contract in exchange for her signature on a strict non-disclosure agreement after her ouster from the administration last year

On Monday, Trump alleged Manigault Newman was already bound by an agreement not to speak about her time at the White House.

"Wacky Omarosa already has a fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement!" he wrote.

Here's more from Sanders:

3:13 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018

White House on Trump's "dog" comment: "The President’s an equal opportunity person that calls things like he sees it"

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed Tuesday that President Trump's description of his former aide as a "dog" had "nothing to do with race and everything to do with the President calling out someone’s lack of integrity."

The "dog" comment was one of many insults the President has used to describe prominent African-Americans, but Sanders insisted Trump insults people of other races as well.

 "The President’s an equal opportunity person that calls things like he sees it," she said. "He fights fire with fire."
3:10 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018

White House defends Trump's "dog" remark, says the President is "voicing frustration" over Omarosa's actions

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Asked about President Trump’s language on Twitter today calling Omarosa Manigault Newman a “crazed, crying lowlife” and a "dog," press secretary Sarah Sanders sought to defend the President, claiming he was “voicing frustration.”

“I think the President is certainly voicing his frustration with the fact that this person has shown a complete lack of integrity,” Sanders said, noting that he was “particularly” frustrated with her actions following her time at the White House.

On why was she hired: Sanders said Trump “wanted to give her a chance.”

She added that Trump later gave White House chief of staff John Kelly “full authority to carry out the decision to let her go.”

2:58 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018

Defense officials discuss ID of possible Korean War remains

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders brought defense officials to today's press briefing to discuss the possible remains of US troops killed during the Korean War. The remains were recently brought back to the US from North Korea.

Officials are now trying to identify the remains.

Kelly McKeague, the director of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, is answering reporters' questions now. Here's his opening remarks to reporters:

2:27 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018

5 questions that could come up at today's briefing

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is expected to hold a press briefing at 2:30 p.m. ET today.

Here are some questions reporters may ask her:

  • Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman has already released a tape of her firing, and she said she could release more from her time in the administration. What exactly might be on those tapes?
  • Speaking of Omarosa: President Trump today referred to her as a "dog." Does the White House see that comment as either racist or sexist?
  • President Trump failed to mention Sen. John McCain at a signing ceremony for the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Why didn't the President thank the senator the bill is named after?
  • Closing statements in the trial against Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort are set to begin tomorrow. Does the White House have any comment on the case?
  • According to a new poll, two-thirds of Americans would like to see special counsel Robert Mueller finish his probe into Russian election interference before voters the midterms this November. Does the President agree with that timeline?
1:23 p.m. ET, August 14, 2018

White House press briefing set for 2:30 p.m. ET

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will hold a press briefing this afternoon.

It's the first briefing since President Trump returned from his 11-day working vacation at his New Jersey golf club.

A lot happened during that vacation. Here's a look at some of them:

  • The Manafort trial: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is on trial.Prosecutors' goal is to connect the dots between the criminal charges against Manafort, and they're now close to wrapping up their case.
  • Ohio special election: Ohio voters went to the polls last week for a special election in for Ohio 12th Congressional District. Six days after the vote, it's still too close to call.
  • GOP congressman indicted: Rep. Chris Collins of New York was charged with alleged securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. He has since suspended his reelection campaign.
  • Omarosa went rogue: Omarosa Manigault Newman, a reality TV star who entered the White House as one of Trump's longest-serving associates, has turned on him. She wrote a tell-all book and evidently taped a few conversations.