Hatch 'not comfortable' with Trump calling Omarosa a 'dog'

Hatch 'not comfortable' with Trump calling Omarosa a 'dog'
© Anna Moneymaker

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchNY's political prosecution of Manafort should scare us all Congress must break its addiction to unjust tax extenders The FDA crackdown on dietary supplements is inadequate MORE (R-Utah) said Wednesday he's "not comfortable" with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE labeling former White House aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanBlack journalists' group places CNN on 'special monitoring list' Juan Williams: Racial shifts spark fury in Trump and his base Omarosa: There's a ‘big red line’ for Trump in Cohen's testimony MORE a "dog."

"I don’t think words like that should be used, especially by the president," Hatch, who is retiring after this Congress, told CNN's Manu Raju.

"I have a lot of regard for the president, I understand how snotty some of this stuff is that they do to him, but even then, I think he has to rise above that," Hatch continued.

Hatch is one of the few Republicans to speak out against Trump's latest attack on Manigault Newman, who was once the president's top-ranking African-American West Wing staffer.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally to back Trump on emergency declaration Flake: Biden 'strikes fear in a lot of Republicans' Press: Which way do Dems go in 2020? MORE (R-Ariz.), who has also announced his retirement, on Tuesday called the term "unbecoming of a President of the United States."

Manigault Newman, who rose to fame on “The Apprentice” and was fired from her White House job in December, has garnered headlines for claims in her new book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.” 

In the memoir, she alleges Trump is a racist, a misogynist and a narcissist, and claims he repeatedly used the “N-word” on the set of “The Apprentice.” She said in recent interviews that she has heard tapes documenting Trump’s use of the racial slur since her book went to print.

Trump has claimed no such tapes exist, adding that the word is not in his vocabulary.

He has lashed out at his former staffer, calling her a “lowlife" and “wacky and deranged.” On Tuesday, he praised chief of staff for "quickly firing that dog."

The White House denied that Trump's use of the latter term had anything to do with race, arguing he was just voicing his frustration.

"The president is an equal-opportunity person who calls things like he sees it," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, adding that Trump will always “fight fire with fire.”

The president's attacks on Manigault Newman and the charges in her book have renewed criticism of Trump’s charged rhetoric, particularly toward African-Americans. In the past two weeks, he has called Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Senate rejects border declaration in rebuke to Trump | Dems press Mnuchin on Trump tax returns | Waters says Wells Fargo should fire its CEO Maxine Waters says Wells Fargo should fire its CEO On The Money: Wells Fargo chief gets grilling | GOP, Pence discuss plan to defeat Dem emergency resolution | House chair sees '50-50' chance of passing Dem budget | Trump faces pressure over Boeing MORE (D-Calif.) “low IQ,” and CNN host Don Lemon and NBA star LeBron James “dumb.” All three are black.

The president drew widespread bipartisan criticism earlier this year when he referred to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries.”