An official line from the White House on President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE’s complexion is that his skin color is the result of “good genes,” a senior administration official told The New York Times.
The official, who spoke to the Times on the condition of anonymity, added that the president applies a dab of powder to his skin before making appearances on television.
But the official said the powder is translucent and added that it is not a bronzer.
The official’s account runs contrary to past claims Trump’s former aide, Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Manigault Newman: Trump may not 'even be healthy enough' to run in 2024 The Memo: Omarosa beats Trump, potentially opening flood gates Trump loses bid to enforce Omarosa Manigault Newman's NDA MORE, made in her tell-all book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.”
In the book, Manigault Newman reportedly wrote that the president used a tanning bed often and also alleged an usher was terminated in the past for mishandling transport of the machine.
Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April MORE also suggested Trump tanned in his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” which provides his first extensive public recounting of his brief time in the Trump administration and the events surrounding the 2016 presidential election.
In his in-depth description of Trump’s appearance when recounting their first in-person meeting in the book, Comey wrote that Trump’s face “appeared slightly orange” and featured "bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles.”
But three sources who have spent time in the White House told the Times in its report published on Saturday that no such apparatus exists in the residence.
Two top Trump administration officials also insisted to the Times that no such bed exists in the residence.