In New Book, Ex-Trump Employee Claims President Didn't Want Black People to Work on Trump Tower

In a new book expected to be released on Tuesday, former construction executive at the Trump Organization Barbara Res claims that Donald Trump showed prejudice against Black people before he became president.

Since leaving Trump's employ, Res has criticized Trump. In 2016, Res said she was supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. In the book Tower of Lies: What My 18 Years of Working With Donald Trump Reveals About Him, Res describes incidents in which Trump exhibited racist behavior. An advance copy of the book was given to the Los Angeles Times for review.

In one instance, Res alleges that Trump became upset after seeing a Black person working on one of his construction sites. "Get him off there right now," Trump said, "and don't ever let that happen again. I don't want people to think that Trump Tower is being built by Black people."

According to Res, "bigotry and bias control Donald's view of the world, even the so-called positive stereotypes, which are just as damaging, like saying the Japanese (whom he seems to despise) are smarter than Americans."

Trump also allegedly claimed that he did not want "Black kids sitting in the lobby where people come to by million-dollar apartments" after seeing a Black person applying for employment at a different property.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump re-election campaign for comment.

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A new book by a former employee of the Trump Organization contains allegations that Donald Trump was prejudiced toward Black people during the construction of the Trump Tower. Joe Raedle/Getty

Res implied that Trump's fame has only exacerbated some of his negative character traits. "It's not hard to look at the trajectory of his entire life and spot an unmistakable pattern," Res wrote. "The bigger he got as a name, the smaller he got as a person."

Trump has taken a drubbing from authors purporting to be insiders who have published tell-all books about his behavior both inside and outside the White House.

Trump's niece Mary Trump published a book in July in which she alleged that Donald Trump endured a dysfunctional relationship with his parents. In a July briefing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters the book consisted of "ridiculous, absurd allegations" that have "absolutely no bearing in truth."

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book released in June, The Room Where it Happened, contained allegations that Donald Trump had asked China's president Xi Jinping to help his re-election campaign.

Donald Trump tweeted in June that Bolton was attempting to get even for being fired from the administration.

"Bolton's book, which is getting terrible reviews, is a compilation of lies and made up stories, all intended to make me look bad," Trump wrote. "Many of the ridiculous statements he attributes to me were never made, pure fiction. Just trying to get even for firing him like the sick puppy he is!"