An official line from the White House on President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems 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 Onee Manigault NewmanScaramucci breaks up with Trump in now-familiar pattern Press: The new Southern Strategy Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE, made in her tell-all book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.”

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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 Comey3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Barr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended 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.