An official line from the White House on President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 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 NewmanTrump snapped at McMaster for taking notes during meeting: report Trump plotting tell-all book: report Black journalists' group places CNN on 'special monitoring list' 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 ComeyDavis: The shocking fact that Mueller never would have accused Trump of a crime Sarah Sanders is entitled to her opinions, but not her own facts James Comey, wife donated ,400 to Klobuchar's presidential campaign 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.